Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Jayne Houdyshell, Liv Rooth Cast in Upcoming Westport Playhouse Productions

Jayne Houdyshell
Liv Rooth
Westport Country Playhouse casting for the upcoming season includes Jayne Houdyshell in The Show-Off, and Liv Rooth in Loot.

The five-play 2013 season opens with A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, a witty and heartfelt story of the American family and its vanishing traditions set in the most singular of rooms, where people gather, meals are eaten, conversations begin, and generations converge, directed by Mark Lamos, April 30 – May 18.

The Show-Off by George Kelly is a funny, surprising, and moving story of a family in upheaval when their youngest daughter becomes engaged to a brash loudmouth, directed by Nicholas Martin, June 11 – 29. Casting to date for The Show-Off includes Houdyshell as Mrs. Fisher. Houdyshell earned a 2006 Tony Award nomination as Ann Kron in Broadway’s Well by Lisa Kron. 

Loot is a wickedly funny send-up of larcenous, lascivious behavior among the English middle classes by the master of British farce Joe Orton, directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, July 16 – Aug. Rooth, who understudied the lead in Venus in Fur on Broadway, then played the part at TheaterWorks Hartford, will play the role of Fay. 

The second world premiere in as many seasons, Oblivion, is a touching and funny—and very modern—tale of parents, children, and the gulf that sometimes exists between them, written by Carly Mensch, a writer for three seasons on Showtime's "Weeds," and directed by Mark Brokaw, Aug.20 – Sept. 7. 

Room Service is a madcap American farce about a producer and his ragtag bunch of actors who try to raise money for a Broadway show as they scramble to evade their hotel bill, written by John Murray and Allen Boretz, directed by Mark Lamos, Oct. 8 – 26.

For more information or tickets: 203-227-4177; 1-888-927-7529, 25 Powers Court, Westport; www.westportplayhouse.org.

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