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Bucks County gets a rescue

Bernstein tapped for theater reopening

Broadway regular Jed Bernstein has teamed with a family foundation and a community activist group to pull Pennsylvania regional Bucks County Playhouse out of its fiscal quicksand.

The theater, close enough to Gotham to get the attention of Rialto types, shuttered in late 2010 after a mortgage foreclosure. In recent weeks, the venue was bought by Kevin and Sherri Daugherty, founders of the private Bridge Street Foundation, with Bernstein brought aboard to help restart producing activities.

Formerly the head of the Broadway League, the trade association of legit producers and presenters, Bernstein is now a commercial producer whose credits including the recent revival of “Driving Miss Daisy,” which moved to London following a successful Broadway run.

Exact production sked for the revitalized playhouse remains to be announced, although it’s understood that leaders of the troupe aim to kick off programming with two summer shows and a Christmas outing. Theater also will reinstate its status as part of Actors Equity, the legit thesps and stage managers’ union, and inaugurate a theater membership program.

Peggy McRae, the leader of the community group Bucks County Playhouse Conservancy, has been tapped to serve as the theater’s director of community affairs. Tanya Cooper, prexy of the Bridge Street Foundation, also will be heavily involved with the theater as the rep for the foundation.

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