Chinese Performance Art Meets Western Culture In New Family Series

New Hope, PA — November 2, 2015 — Bucks County Playhouse, under the direction of Executive Director Robyn Goodman and Producing Director Alexander Fraser, will present “East Meets West”, a collection of vignettes featuring the work of master Chinese puppet artist Hua Hua Zhang, on Saturday, November 14 at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm in Lambertville Hall. This performance art event is the first in a new series of theater for young audiences events the Playhouse will present in the historic space.

The collection of short stories presented in “East Meets West” are told through dancing, singing, speaking, acting, Chinese opera, and traditional stylized performance art. Through these pieces, Zhang aims to share her rich variety of experiences with the artistic elements of both Eastern and Western cultures. The performance is suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds. “My dream for ‘East Meets West’ is to broaden the audiences’ perspectives, and open their heart, by sharing, appreciating, understanding and embracing the many differences, and mostly the similarities, among Eastern and Western cultures so that we can all find each other in peace,” says Zhang.

Lambertville Hall is located in the former First Baptist Church at 57 Bridge Street, Lambertville. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and are available at buckscountyplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at (215) 862-2121. Tickets are also available at the Bucks County Playhouse Box Office, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12pm to 5pm, and Sundays, 12pm to 5pm.

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ABOUT BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE

 

Bucks County Playhouse, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is the oldest and largest professional Equity performing arts center in Bucks County, and provides the finest theatrical entertainment for visitors and residents of New Hope, Doylestown, Lambertville and the Delaware Valley.  Under the direction of Tony Award-winning Producers Alexander Fraser and Robyn Goodman, its mission is to present first class professional entertainment and regain the Playhouse’s historic place in the national theatrical landscape; and to stimulate, support, inspire and celebrate the performing arts via community programs, partnerships and arts education.

Located between Philadelphia and New York, Bucks County Playhouse opened in 1939 in a converted 1790 gristmill after a group of community activists, led by Broadway orchestrator Don Walker and playwright Moss Hart, rallied to save the building.  The Playhouse quickly became one of the country’s most famous regional theaters, featuring a roster of American theatrical royalty including Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle, George S. Kaufman, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, Bert Lahr, Walter Matthau, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Alan Alda, Tyne Daly, Liza Minnelli and Audra McDonald and remained in continuous operation until December 2010. In 2012, the Playhouse re-opened thanks to the efforts of the Bridge Street Foundation, the nonprofit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty, and Broadway producer Jed Bernstein.

Since its renovation, significant productions include Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons starring Tyne Daly which moved to Broadway and was nominated for two Tony Awards; Misery by William Goldman based on the Stephen King novel which opens on Broadway in fall, 2015, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, starring Marilu Henner and playwright Christopher Durang, and this summer’s hit production of Company starring Justin Guarini, which the Wall Street Journal claimed “borders on the miraculous. The Playhouse is surely headed back into the spotlight.”