Thursday, August 11, 2011

Westport Playhouse Announces 2011-2012 Season

Into the Woods Opens the Season

“The five extraordinary plays that we have chosen for 2012 constitute as thrilling and ambitious a season as Westport Country Playhouse has tackled in some time,” said Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, as he announced the 2012 season of five productions---a musical, a comedy, a world premiere and two dramas---playing from May through November. “We’re creating a season of theater worth talking about,” Lamos noted. 2012 will mark the historic Connecticut theater’s 82nd season.
“2012 will be one of our biggest seasons yet,”stated Lamos, “with a wide range of offerings, from truly classic entertainment to the gorgeous music of Stephen Sondheim, to moving drama and a brand new world-premiere comedy---concluding with one of a handful of the greatest American dramatic masterpieces of the 20th Century. We're both proud and excited to share these works with our growing audience.”
As previously announced, Lamos will direct the season opener, a 25th anniversary revival of the musical Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Sondheim, book by James Lapine, running May 1 – 19. In a dark and seductive world of fairy tales, the essential stories of youth are freshly revealed in all their sinewy complexity. This seamless tapestry of beautiful words and haunting melodies offers a mature vision of these timeless tales that lays bare the truth of what really happens after ‘happily ever after.’ A co-production with Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE.
The Year of Magical Thinking, based on the National Book Award-winning memoir by acclaimed author Joan Didion, will play June 12 – 30. The intimate drama chronicles the author’s grief and ultimate renewal after the sudden and unexpected death of her husband and the illness of her only child. The play will feature acclaimed actress Maureen Anderman.

The biting social satire, Tartuffe, written by Molière, translated by Richard Wilbur and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, will play July 17 – Aug. 4. Orgon has fallen under Tartuffe’s spell, the most saintly man he’s ever known. But Orgon’s family believes Tartuffe a fraud, out to steal his wealth, bed his wife and wed his daughter. Will Orgon come to his senses before it’s too late? The stage is set for a battle of wills in a wickedly funny and farcical take on the outer limits of hypocrisy that has entertained audiences for centuries—and is still fresh today.
A world-premiere comedy,Harbor, written by Tony Award-nominated Chad Beguelin and directed by Lamos, will run Aug.28 – Sep.15. When 15-year-old Lottie and her ne’er-do-well mother Donna drop in unannounced on the beautiful Sag Harbor home of Donna’s brother Kevin and his new husband Ted, all the usual tensions quickly bubble to the surface. Then Donna reveals she’s pregnant, does not know the father, and would like her brother to raise the child—and all hell breaks loose. The bonds between kith and kin are tested in this alternately biting, touching and hilarious new comedy about the constantly shifting nature of the meaning of family.
The powerful classic, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, will play Oct. 9 –Nov. 3. It tells the story of the Youngers, a black family in 1950s Southside Chicago, and their quest for a piece of the American Dream.
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For current subscribers, subscription renewals are now available, including online renewal capability 24/7. Current subscribers who renew by the Early Bird Deadline, Friday, Sept. 2, will be entitled to a special gift. For new subscribers, five-play subscriptions, starting at $150, will be available beginning Oct. 11; four-play subscriptions, Pick-three Plans, FlexTix and group sales will be available starting Jan. 3. Single tickets will go on sale March 6.

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 online at www.westportplayhouse.org.

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