Burlesque, 1-Man ‘Titanic’ Retelling arrives at Bucks Co. Playhouse

NEW HOPE, PA – A burlesque-style solo narrative from the hit movie Titanic will be the first play to open Bucks County Playhouse’s 2022 guest artist series.

Michael Kinnan’s “Never Let Go” features a rendition of the James Cameron film “designed for fans, lovers and skeptics of the film.” Kinnan says her unauthorized and unorthodox performance is dedicated to the Ship of Dreams.

Kinnan, who grew up adoring the movie and its iconic characters, plays them all. As Rose recounted, the play takes you on an intimate journey into the fateful romance that is clouded by one of the most devastating man-made disasters in modern history – the sinking of the Titanic.

“Never Let Go” bundles the three-and-a-half-hour epic into a single hour, which the Playhouse calls “a surprisingly subversive punch for a project whose source is a hit ’90s film, created by one of Hollywood’s most notorious directors. ”

“Never Let Go” has been shown to a sold-out audience since 2017 at the Drama Book Shop, Vital Joint, PosterHouse, and most recently as part of an extended airing at The Brick, where it has become a critics’ pick of the New York Times.

“‘Never Let Go’ is a feat of ingenuity that works whether or not you’ve seen the movie,” Elizabeth Vincentelli wrote for The New York Times. “It’s easy to follow the story and identify the characters, even though there is no ocean liner and minimal costume changes.”

Now the production is taking the stage in the Guest Artist Series, which allows outside producers to showcase their work alongside local Bucks County favorites.

Kinnan began his career at Broadway’s oldest house, the York Theater NYC, attending a variety of productions. He then directed new scripts with his collaborator Liz Magee in a series of short play festivals winning the Grand Prix for Best Play at the Manhattan Repertory Theater Riant Festival. He is also a former SDC Observer Program Observer, assisting the Pioneer Theater Company production of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris.

Bucks County Playhouse has joined with performing arts organizations across the country to require all guests to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, along with photo ID, to attend shows indoors. Masks remain compulsory for the duration of the show.

Tickets for the performances, which run from January 14 to 16, are on sale now online or by calling the box office at (215) 862-2121.

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Corina C. Butler