Hedgerow Theatre Launches 100th Anniversary with Austin Pendleton and Penelope Reed for Special One-Night Only Engagement of Love Letters

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This January, Hedgerow Theatre Company kicks off its 100th Anniversary with a one-night only engagement performed by and directed by Hedgerow legends. Broadway favorite Austin Pendleton and Hedgerow’s award-winning Artistic Director Emeritus Penelope Reed team up to perform a one-night only engagement of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters with celebrated director William Roudebush on Saturday, January 7 at 7 pm. This event is a Pay-What-You-Can Fundraiser for the Theatre’s 100th Anniversary. Patrons have the option to pay the suggested ticket amount of $25 to help cover the expense of their ticket; to pay less than the suggested amount; to volunteer for their ticket; or to pay it forward for $50 or an amount of patrons’ choosing to help pay for their own ticket and to help subsidize another patron’s ticket. Tickets and more information are available at www.hedgerowtheatre.org. Hedgerow Theater is at 64 Rose Valley Rd. in Media.

Celebrating 100 years of wholehearted theatre here in Rose Valley, Love Letters is a tender two-hander that unfolds over a lifetime. Deeply reflective and nostalgic, A.R. Gurney’s timeless play shares the exchanges of Melissa (played by Reed) and Andy (played by Pendleton) over all of life’s twists and turns spanning five decades. 

“Few plays embody life’s simplicity and epicness so exquisitely,” notes Marcie Bramucci, Hedgerow’s Executive Artistic Director. “And the collaboration specifically of these three luminous artists – Austin, Penny and Bill – who enjoy significant history together here at Hedgerow is exciting to jump start our year of celebration.”   

“The idea of coming back to Hedgerow, on such a spectacular anniversary, and doing such a wonderful piece as Love Letters with no less than Penny Reed is already making me jump up and down,” said Pendelton, who has just opened the Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside and Crazy on Broadway for Second Stage Theatre, and recently performed in Tracy Lett’s Tony-nominated The Minutes on Broadway. Ms. Reed returns to the Hedgerow stage after a sold out run of her celebrated solo show Eleanor at Act II Playhouse. This event reunites the trio of artists from the Barrymore award-winning production The Lives of Bosie for which William directed, Austin performed and Penny produced. 

Love Letters captures the essence of this historic occasion and this moment in Hedgerow’s journey. Gurney’s time capsule of a play meaningfully reflects on hopes, ambitions, disappointments and dreams as the theatre celebrates a century of work in Hedgerow’s intimate space.

The structure of this event allows greater access for anyone to enjoy these exceptional talents for one-night only. The evening will include raffles and prizes during the evening as well. This Pay-What-You-Can Fundraiser is one of the ways Hedgerow throws open its doors to dive into 100th anniversary festivities with all members of our community. Details are on the Theatre’s website at www.hedgerowtheatre.org

For tickets, call the Box Office at 610-565-4211 or visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org. Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media, PA. ADA accessible parking, entry and seating available on site. Please contact the box office for any accommodation requests or questions. Run-time: 90 minutes

Hedgerow Theatre is a resident professional theatre dedicated to providing cultural enrichment, engaging entertainment, and training in theatre arts and management since 1923. As stewards of a nineteenth-century grist mill turned theatre building, Hedgerow produces wholehearted, resonant live theatre in an intimate 100-seat venue and across its 2.5 acre campus outdoors. The company offers extensive educational programs through theatre school, in-school residencies, and touring programs, and provides performance, technical training, and theatre management opportunities for Resident Fellows in a close-knit and mutually supportive environment.

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