Michener Art Museum

Local Mill Makes Good: Celebrating 75 years of American Theater at the Bucks County Playhouse

October 28, 2013 through March 2, 2014
Fred Beans Gallery


Child, Charles, Study for the Bucks County Playhouse Stage Curtain, ca. 1939, ink and watercolor on paper, H. 24.5 x W. 36.5 inches
Clark, Maynard, Edward Everett Horton Rehearsing n.d., black and white photograph on paper, H. 10 x W. 8 inches
Ward, Charles, Pictorial View of New Hope, c. 1954, mixed media on textured wove paper: watercolor, gouache, oil, pencil, pen and ink, H. 22.125 x W. 30 inches
Beck, Robert, Dress Rehearsal, 2012, oil on panel, H. 16 X W. 20 inches. Collection of Mark Malone
Local Mill Makes Good: Celebrating 75 Years of American Theater at the Bucks County Playhouse is sponsored by Silverman Family Partnerships, with additional support from The Corporate Business Partner Advisory Board.

The names represent a virtual "who's who" of American stage and screen in the 20th and early 21st centuries: Robert Redford, Grace Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Helen Hayes, Walter Matthau, Angela Lansbury, and Shirley Booth, as well as such renowned playwrights as George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. All these and many more have graced the stage of the Bucks County Playhouse. Local Mill Makes Good: Celebrating 75 years of American Theater at the Bucks County Playhouse tells the story of this historic New Hope landmark, tracing the Playhouse's impact on American theater as well as the regional economy and cultural life. Bringing together a collection of diverse material, including rare photographs and footage, and artwork by Charles Child, John F. Folinsbee, Ben Solowey, Al Hirschfeld, Robert Beck, and others this exhibition celebrates the players, productions, and producers who made the Playhouse a legend, from its birth to its recent rebirth as the leading professional theater in the area. Walk the red carpet or stroll backstage as the Michener Art Museum honors the Playhouse's 75th season, while we also pay tribute to the life and cultural impact of Grace Kelly - who made her stage debut at, where else - the Bucks County Playhouse!