Play gets short developmental run at Bucks County
Warner Bros. Theater Ventures’ stage adaptation of “Misery” is gearing up for its first public showcase, skedding a brief 11-perf run at the Bucks County Playhouse, the newly revitalized regional theater in New Hope, Penn.William Goldman, screenwriter of the 1990 film based on the 1987 Stephen King novel, pens the legit incarnation, a play to be directed by Will Frears. Warner Bros. Theater Ventures, Castle Rock Entertainment (producer of the film) and Playhouse Prods. present the world preem. No cast has yet been announced for the run, which kicks off in late November. The Bucks County stint has been tagged a “limited developmental engagement” rather than a pre-Broadway tryout, but a future life for the stage title seems certain should the preem prove a success. “Misery” reps the latest offering in a spate of new activity for both the theater arm of the WB as well as Bucks County Playhouse. After several seasons during which little new theatrical product emerged from Warners, the next year sees the Broadway return of 2010 outing “Elf” as well as the West End world preem of a musical adaptation of “Charlie and Chocolate Factory” helmed by Sam Mendes. Mark Kaufman and Raymond Wu took over the bi-coastal operations of Warner Bros. Theater Ventures in the fall of 2011. Meanwhile, Bucks County has emerged from a period of financial turmoil that shuttered the longstanding regional in late 2010. The reopened venue, under the leadership of producing director Jed Bernstein (“Driving Miss Daisy”), began producing work again this summer with a slate that included “Barefoot in the Park” and the Rodgers and Hammerstein revue “A Grand Night for Singing.” “Misery” centers on an author who is nursed back to health from a car accident by a deranged fan who forces him to bring her favorite character back to life. Creative team for the stage version includes David Korins (sets), Ann Roth (costumes), David Weiner (lights), Darron West (sound) and Michael Friedman (original music). “Misery” runs Nov. 24-Dec. 8 at Bucks County.