Middleburg Academy and the Middleburg Theater Department are pleased to bring you an exclusive showing of the Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, The Age of Innocence (1993), with a guest appearance by Patricia Hess, Assistant Production Manager, Saturday, February 4th @ 7:00 pm. The reception will begin at 7:00 pm in the Mary House’s ballroom. There will be snacks and refreshments before the showing of the film, with a follow-up Q&A session at the end with Middleburg theater students and Mrs. Hess.

Patricia Doherty Hess

Producer/ Production Manager

Patty has been in the motion picture business since 1979, working primarily on feature films and dramatic television.  She has had the privilege to work with many distinguished directors including Martin Scorsese, Alan Pakula, Mike Nichols, Oliver Stone, Stephen Frears, Adrian Lyne, Robert Benton, Chris Columbus, Shawn Levy, Betty Thomas and the Coen Brothers to name a few.

She started her career in Tucson, after graduating from The University of Arizona where she met Leslie Marmon Silko, a MacArthur Fellow, who was making her first film, set in New Mexico. Now a member of The Director’s Guild of America, Patty has been a production manager and producer for over twenty years.

Some of her credits include the upcoming HBO film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks with Oprah Winfrey, Philomena  (Judi Dench), Red Oaks (Amazon), Jack Reacher, Percy Jackson, Safe House, Bourne Ultimatum, Breach, Angels in America (HBO), Night At The Museum (2), Eagle Eye, Glen Garry Glen Ross, JFK, Lolita, The Pelican Brief and Raising Arizona.  (Full list on IMDB)  Patty currently resides with her husband and two children in Waterford Virginia.  She is an avid equestrian

The Age Of Innocence

Director: Martin Scorsese Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder

Genre: Drama, Romance Year: 1993

The 1993 film production of The Age of Innocence was directed by Martin Scorsese and is a film adaptation of Edith Wharton‘s 1920 novel of the same name. The story is set the “Gilded Age” (the 1870’s), portraying New York’s high society. The film was released by Columbia Pictures, stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder and was shot primarily on location in New York City, Philadelphia, and Troy, New York. The film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design and was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Winona Ryder), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Art Direction.

The novel and the film tell the story of Newland Archer, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, who intends to marry the respectable May Welland played by Winona Ryder. May’s cousin, the Countess Ellen Olenska portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer, has returned to New York, which raises eyebrows in the New York society circles as she had unwisely married a Polish Count, who mistreated her while squandering her fortune. She then left him to return to New York.