Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Single Tickets for Westport's 80th Anniversary Season on Sale March 2

Single tickets for Westport Country Playhouse’s 80th anniversary season, including two musicals and a comic drama, playing from April through October, will go on sale Tuesday, March 2 at noon.

Single tickets range from $35 to $55; opening night tickets, including post-performance reception, are $65. Subscriptions to all five plays are available for preferred seating and pricing. Students and educators are eligible for 50-percent discounts. Groups of 10 or more save up to 30 percent. Tickets are available at the Playhouse’s box office, 25 Powers Court, Westport; by phone at 203-227-4177; and online at http://www.westportplayhouse.org/. For group sales information call (203) 227-5137, x120.

The Playhouse’s 2010 lineup will open with the musical comedy She Loves Me, with book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and directed by Mark Lamos, artistic director, playing April 20 through May 8. Next will be Dinner with Friends, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comic drama written by Connecticut resident Donald Margulies and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, June 1 through 19.

Happy Days, a play by Samuel Beckett and directed by Lamos, will run July 6 through 24. I Do! I Do!, the Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt musical, will be staged August 10 through 28.

Gerald Freedman is announced to direct the fifth and final play of the season, The Diary of Anne Frank, a timeless and powerful classic by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman, playing Sept. 28 through Oct. 16.

“Gerald Freedman brings a lifetime of accomplishment to his directorial leadership of our production of The Diary of Anne Frank, Lamos said.. “It will be a great opportunity to have Gerald at the Playhouse and at the helm of this important production.”

Freedman’s work with leading writers of the last 50 years, as well as Shakespeare, has been acclaimed on and off-Broadway and in regional theater. He was a seminal part of Joe Papp's legendary Public Theater, where he directed a wide variety of groundbreaking productions, including a legendary Titus Andronicus in Central Park as well as the original production of Hair. His Broadway directing credits include revivals of West Side Story, Arthur Miller’s The Creation of the World and Other Business, The Robber Bridegroom, The Grand Tour and The School for Scandal. Freedman is Dean of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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