Monday, February 15, 2010

Agatha Christie Play Launches 'Script in Hand' Series at Westport Country Playhouse

The Agatha Christie classic murder mystery “And Then There Were None,” will be read by Westport Country Playhouse actor alumni and audience favorites Geneva Carr, Keir Dullea, Beth Fowler, Charlotte Moore, Ciarán O’Reilly, Joe Paulik, Jay O. Sanders, Mark Shanahan, Mark Silence, Doug Stender and Paxton Whitehead as the playhouse's Script in Hand Series launches Feb. 22.

The event will be held at 7 pm at the playhouse, 25 Powers Court. Tickets to the one-night-only event are $15.

Directed by artistic advisor Anne Keefe, the reading is the first in “The Script in Hand Series” that will bring together professional actors to read works by master playwrights. The new playreading series is a continuation of the highly successful “Funny Mondays” and “The Classical Series,” produced by the playhouse from 2005 through 2008.

“I’m thrilled to be asked to put the reading series back on the Playhouse stage,” said Ms. Keefe, who coordinates the series. “I had so much fun organizing them in the past it just seemed like a great time to bring back a program that had been so popular.”

In “And Then There Were None,” 10 people, who have previously been involved in the deaths of others but have escaped attention or punishment, are tricked into coming to an island where they are all mysteriously murdered one by one, in a manner paralleling the old nursery rhyme, “Ten Little Indians.”

The series is supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation and the Newman’s Own Foundation. For more information or ticket purchases, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.westportplayhouse.org/.

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