Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Westport Receives Grant

Westport Country Playhouse has received $20,000 from the Fairfield County Community Foundation in support of the nonprofit theater’s 2011 season and for the development of a strategic plan. The Playhouse serves an estimated annual audience of 60,000, including 4,000 students.

Westport Country Playhouse’s 2011 season will include five productions: Beyond Therapy, a wicked, and wickedly funny, look at the days and nights of the young and single, written by Christopher Durang and directed by Playhouse Associate Artistic Director (John Rando, previously announced, had to withdraw) , April 26–May 14,; The Circle, the scintillating comedy of manners, written by W. Somerset Maugham and directed by Nicholas Martin, June 7-25; Lips Together, Teeth Apart, a perceptive comedy about people struggling against their limitations, written by Terrence McNally and directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, July 12–30; Suddenly Last Summer, the poetic, sensual and evocative drama, written by Tennessee Williams and directed by David Kennedy Aug. 23–Sept. 10; and Twelfth Night or What You Will, the beguiling comedy/romance, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Lamos, Oct. 11–Oct. 29.

In addition, the Playhouse offers family presentations, play readings, holiday performances, arts education and the Woodward Internship Program. In keeping with the theater’s commitment to deepening the theater experience, the season is infused with symposiums, talk backs and community partnerships with organizations and other non-profits.

For more information or tickets, call the box office at 203-227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available at http://www.westportplayhouse.org/.

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