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Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise

October 26 — November 20, 2021

October 26 — November 20, 2021

Playwright
Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

Playwright

Ken Ludwig (Playright) has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London's West End, and many of his works have become a standard part of the American repertoire. Lend Me a Tenor won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. Crazy For You was on Broadway for 5 years and won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical. In addition, he has won two Olivier Awards (England’s highest theater honor), two Helen Hayes Award, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater. His other plays include Moon Over Buffalo (starring Carol Burnett), Twentieth Century (starring Alec Baldwin), Be My Baby (starring Hal Holbrook), Baskerville, A Comedy of Tenors, Shakespeare in Hollywood, A Fox on the Fairway, Leading Ladies, and a stage version of Murder on the Orient Express written expressly at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate. His newest play, Dear Jack, Dear Louise, which tells the story of his parents' courtship during World War II, won the 2020 Helen Hayes / MacArthur Award for Best New Play or Musical. His book How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published by the Yale Review. His work has been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages, and his plays are produced throughout the United States every night of the year. www.kenludwig.com

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Director
David Saint

David Saint

Director

David Saint (Director/Artistic Director) is in his 23rd season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. He has directed 40 mainstage productions at GSP, having most recently helmed this season’s Midwives in addition to The Trial of Donna Caine, American Hero; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and An Act of God starring the legendary Kathleen Turner in the 2017-18 season. His time here has been marked by collaborations with such artists as Keith Carradine, Tyne Daly, Rachel Dratch, Sandy Duncan, Boyd Gaines, A.R. Gurney, Uta Hagen, Jack Klugman, Dan Lauria, Kathleen Marshall, Elaine May, Anne Meara, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Paul Rudd, Stephen Sondheim, Marlo Thomas, Eli Wallach and many others, including a remarkable partnership with Arthur Laurents. In addition, many new award-winning works have begun their life here during his tenure, such as The Toxic Avenger, Proof, The Spitfire Grill, Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies and It Shoulda Been You. He has directed Final Follies at Primary Stages, Clever Little Lies at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, and off-Broadway at Westside Theatre, as well as the National Tour of West Side Story. In July 2016, he directed a two-night concert performance of West Side Story at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. In Summer 2019, he directed a revolutionary new production of West Side Story for IHI Stage Around in Tokyo and currently serves as a Associate Producer for a new film version of West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg. He also has directed on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, McCarter, Williamstown, Seattle Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Long Wharf and many others on premieres by writers such as Aaron Sorkin, Wendy Wasserstein, Peter Parnell, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Joe DiPietro and Jonathan Larson. He is the recipient of the Alan Schneider Award, Helen Hayes Award, L.A. Drama Critics Award, several Drama-Logue Awards and is the President of The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation.

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Cast
Bill Army

Bill Army

Cast

Bill Army (Jack Ludwig) Broadway: Original company of The Band’s Visit (Tony Award for Best Musical, Grammy Award, Daytime Emmy for “Answer Me” on The Today Show), Act One (Lincoln Center Theater), Relatively Speaking.  Off-Broadway: The Band’s Visit, (Atlantic Theater Company), The Changeling, (Red Bull Theater), Old Jews Telling JokesAll’s Well that Ends Well (Delacorte), Measure for Measure (Delacorte). Company member of the Potomac Theatre Project since 2008.  Film/TV:  Deadbeat (Hulu), COHAB (YouTube). MFA: NYU. BA: Middlebury College. Bill thanks his wife Jessica, an emergency medicine physician, whose courage throughout this pandemic has given hope and support to so many…but to him most of all.

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Amelia Pedlow

Amelia Pedlow

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Amelia Pedlow (Louise Rabiner) OFF-BROADWAY: Intelligence (NYTW Next Door Series); The Metromaniacs, Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Red Bull Theatre Company); Pride & Prejudice (Primary Stages; world premiere by Kate Hamill); The Liar, The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company); You Never Can Tell (Pearl TheatreCompany). REGIONAL: Dear Jack, Dear Louise (world premier, Arena Stage); Doubt (Studio Theatre); Love’s Labours Lost (The Folger); Playing with Fire (The Guthrie); Fortune (The Hanger); Pride & Prejudice, The General from America (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); Red Velvet (The Old Globe); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Metromaniacs (world premier), Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC); Ether Dome (La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, and The Huntington); The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet, The Liar (The Denver Center); Legacy of Light (Cleveland Playhouse); Diary of Anne Frank (Virginia Stage Company). TV: The Good WifeBlue BloodsShades of BlueThe Blacklist. TRAINING: B.F.A. Juilliard.

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Sleepless in Seattle
When Harry Met Sally
Dear Jack, Dear Louise


It’s time to fall in love again.

Leave the worries of today behind you and get dressed for a long-awaited and much-deserved night out, enjoying the company of friends and this delightful play that will transport you to another time and place as you fall in love with going to the theatre all over again.
 
A long-distance romance blooms between a WWII Army doctor and a Broadway starlet working at the Stage Door Canteen in this nostalgic, yet timeless real-life love story about the playwright’s parents -- two people who are destined to be together, even though they are separated by the circumstances of the world. 

Run-Time: 1 Hour & 45 Minutes with one 15-minute intermission
This production features strobe lights and loud gun and bomb sound effects.

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Sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation 

& Philip Kirstein & Melinda Raso Kirstein

 

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Amelia Pedlow Talks About "Dear Jack, Dear Louise" at George Street Playhouse

Amelia Pedlow has looked at life from both sides now, and that includes Ken Ludwig’s play, “Dear Jack, Dear Louise,” in which she is costarring with Bill Army. Learn More

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George Street Playhouse is Back at NBPAC With 'Dear Jack, Dear Louise'

Overcome with gratitude, David Saint set out to call the patrons who generously responded to George Street Playhouse’s emergency COVID-19 fundraising campaign last year. Learn More

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George Street Playhouse returns to live theater with the romantic comedy "Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise

George Street Playhouse has returned to the stage with a touching romantic comedy Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise by Ken Ludwig. David Saint, Artistic Director of GSP, will direct the performance that runs through November 21 at the Arthur Laurents Theater at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. Learn More