Through the Bedford Playhouse, Chase was on hand on Dec. 19 for a special event at Historical Hall, a location the Playhouse has been using for gatherings leading up to the completion of renovations. There, over 100 area residents were treated to both a screening of his film "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," and a question and answer session.
The evening was moderated by John Farr, Bedford Playhouse's founder, and allowed comedy fans the chance to meet the film star who has called Bedford home since 1995. Covering his work from "SNL" to "Caddyshack," Chase shared the untold stories behind many of his iconic roles.
For instance, Chase explained how he was given comedic flexibility with most scripts, allowing him to create memorable film moments through improvisation. "All of my ad-libbing was permitted as long as we generally followed the basic plot," he said. "They pretty much let me go when I was on a roll. It was a lot of fun to do that."
Chase also discussed working alongside some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Ted Knight, who played the miserly Judge Smails in "Caddyshack" was Chase's favorite actor to work with, but he will forever cherish partnering with two of the era's comedy giants. "There's nothing like working with [John] Belushi and [Dan] Aykroyd," he said.
The evening was just one of many events organized through the soon-to-be unveiled, newly-redesigned Bedford Playhouse, which has welcomed celebrities including Glenn Close, Paul Shaffer, Lesley Stahl and other Northern Westchester stars. From film screenings to community events, the venue will serve as a cultural institution for Westchester and Fairfield county residents.
As building renovations enter their final stage, the Playhouse is counting on generous community support to help complete the revitalization. From seat and naming opportunities to tax-deductible giving, there are various ways to contribute.
To learn more about the Bedford Playhouse renovation project and ways to support the efforts, click here.