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Bucks County Playhouse announces workshop production of Candace Bushnell’s new live stage show

Bushnell is the original Carrie Bradshaw and New York Times bestselling author of ‘Sex and the City’

Source: Bill Cain

Candace Bushnell, the critically acclaimed, bestselling author and creator of Sex and the City, will bring her saucy humor and spot-on insights into life, love and relationships to New Hope’s Bucks County Playhouse with her all-new show Is There Still Sex in the City?.

Bucks County Playhouse, located at 70 S. Main Street, will present a workshop of the show, produced by Marc Johnston, for a month-long engagement. The production will play in front of a limited live, socially distanced audience.

Is There Still Sex in the City?, written by Bushnell, will make its debut on June 22 and will run through July 18. This will be the eighth world premiere at the Playhouse since 2012.

From her arrival in New York City alone with $20 in her pocket, to working her way up the ladder, to secrets behind the creation of Sex and the City and finding herself single again in her 50s, the always-provocative Bushnell has a lot to say about sex, feminism, fashion, Cosmopolitans, Manolos, girlfriends, men and New York City.

“I first met Candace through David Foster and we immediately became fast friends,” said Johnston. “We both share a love of the theater, and Candace told me she wanted to do a show based on her life. Before long, she was writing fervently, acting everything for me that she had written that week. It became clear that Candace was creating a new show that needed to be seen. It became my goal to get it on the stage. I am thankful that Bucks County Playhouse is giving us the opportunity to bring the show to New Hope, workshop it in front of an audience, and we hope, send it to New York and around the world.”

“We are so proud to present this show and have Candace, Marc and Lorin [Latarro, the Playhouse’s artistic associate who will provide staging] here working on something new,” said executive producer Robyn Goodman. “Women of all generations can empathize with Candace. When my female friends and I read Candace’s columns and books we not only wanted to be her, but she freed us to talk honestly about sex and gave us the confidence to be ourselves and pursue our dreams.”

“I was truly moved by Candace’s own story. Like her and so many of our peers, I found myself in midlife, starting over in New York City,” said producing director Alexander Fraser. “A cross between Nora Ephron and Dorothy Parker, Candace is a funny, touching and outrageous storyteller, with a life story that’s universal.”

“I’m so excited to share the story of how it all began, how a young woman reinvented her life and in the process created a cultural phenomenon,” said Bushnell. “Working with a company like Bucks County Playhouse and creating a show has been a dream of mine since I first arrived in New York, back in the late 70s. I’m thrilled to be working with such an amazing group of people.”

The production will play Tuesdays through Sundays. A full performance calendar is available at BucksCountyPlayhouse.org. Tickets to Is There Still Sex in the City? are now on sale. Due to social distancing, tickets must be purchased in pods of two or more. Tickets start at $45. Call 215-862-2121 for more information.

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