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94 - CAPE GAZEEE, Friday, June 30 - July 6, 2000 Henlopen Theater Project presents national stars July 17 Barry Sullivan was a New York-born actor who worked in theater, movies and television, though he is best known for his movies. Sullivan played Kirk Douglas' Hollywood partner in the film classic, "The Bad and the Beautiful," 1951, romanced Claudette Colbert in "Texas La- dy," 1955, and shot down Barbara Stanwyck in the cult western "Forty Guns." Sullivan died in 1994 leaving behind a legacy of nearly 100 films. He also left be- hind something far more personal and secretive: a journal. That journal, addressed to his daughter Jenny and his mentally retarded son John, is the centerpiece for the new play "J For J" written by Jenny Sullivan. "J For J" will be presented as part of Henlopen Theater Projects New Works/New Voices series devoted to the development of new plays. This year's works con- sisted of three plays by women playwrights. The reading is a ben- efit for the program, and will take place at 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 17. Jenny Sullivan found the jour- nal when going through her fa- thers old file cabinets after he died. The journal, which Barry Sullivan kept from May 1944 un- til February 1953, was hidden in a file titled J for J. "It took my breath away when I realized what it was," said Jenny Sullivan in an interview from her home in California, where she is an actress and director and now a writer. "He may of thought I would never find it, but I suspect he simply forgot it existed." The journal covers everything from Sullivan's work in Holly- wood and his feelings about cur- rent events at the time, such as the D-Day invasion, the main thrust of the journal - and the play - are the heartfelt entries Sullivan wrote to his children. After discovering the journal, Jenny found she could not get it out of her mind. She began con- sidering turning the journal into a book and then perhaps a screen- play. Michael Kearns, the direc- tor, suggested she workshop the journal into a play form. She be- gan developing it as a theater piece in Kearn's California-based workshop, Getting Your Solo Act Together. Jenny Sullivan did not want "J For J" to be a one-woman show, so she opened the piece up to in- clude her father's actual journal entries, as well as her own invent- ed dialogue, which includes scenes about her relationship with her brother, John. The play alter- nates in time and theme, between the elder Sullivan's thoughts as he was writing in the journal and the current give and take relationship between Jenny and her brother. Sullivan will portray herself in the play and Academy Award nominee and star of this summer's "X-Men" movie, Bruce Davison, will play the role of Barry Sulli- van, whom he knew personally. Jenny's iongtime friend John Rit- 'Bingo A-Go-Go'July 8 benefits AID The Rehoboth Beach Convention Center will host "Bingo A-Go- Go," Saturday, July 8. The doors open at 6 p.m., with games beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and proceeds benefit AIDS Delaware, Rainbow Chorale and Delaware Pride. Tickets are available from members of Rainbow Chorale and from Pelican Loft, 226-5080. Tick- ets will also be available beginning at l0 a.m. the day of the event at the Lambda Rising courtyard. The theme of the event is "Beach Blanket Party," and special bingo runners will be dressed in drag and in swimsuits. Maxine Chambers will preside at the event. For more information, call 302-286-1086. Reservations & Information 227-4199 28 First Street, Rehoboth Beach J ter will play her brother John. Ritter has been a star of television, theater and film for nearly 30 years. He is best known for his work on SULLIVAN the TV series '`Three's Company," and also ap- peared in the films "Sling Blade" and "They All Laughed." He has won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and, a People's Choice Award for his performances. Sullivan has worked as an ac- tress and director for 30 years and has appeared on stage in "The Baby Dance," "A Battle of An- gels" with Rit- ter, and the films "Plaza Suite" and "The Candi- RITTER date" among others. She most recently directed Linda Purl in "The Little Foxes." Sullivan said she was close to her father and categorized their rela- tionship as a friendship. She said she sometimes thinks he would have liked to pursue a career as a writer, but his life took a different turn in the direction of theater and film. While Sullivan misses her fa- ther's presence, she'll always get to see him on the late, late show. "I love watching my father in films," she said. ''The 'Bad and the Beautiful' is my favorite. As a child of a film actor I'm blessed because I keep getting to have him live in my world, even today. He's always on TV." "J For J" will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 17, in Cape Henlopen High School's Little Theatre. 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