Monday, September 19, 2011

News Briefs

Bernadette Peters will be honored at a star-studded gala tonight at Westport Country Playhouse. Firooz Zahedi photo.

  • The Ivoryton Playhouse will be holding local auditions for the annual holiday show “Home for the Holidays” on Monday, September 26th from 4pm – 8pm at the Rehearsal Studio, 24 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT 06409. Roles are available for 12 adults and 4 children under age 12. One of the children should have some ballet experience. Auditions are by appointment and actors should bring a picture and resume and prepare a short monologue and a song. Show runs from Dec. 8 – 18. For audition appointments, call 860-767-9520.
  • Long Wharf Theater will honor Gordon Edelstein for 10 years as artistic director with an entertaining evening of toasts, roasts, music and production highlights 7:30 pm Monday, Oct. 3. A special cocktail reception with some of the great artists Edelstein has cultivated over his career will begin at 5:30. “Gordon is a man of appetites - for Life, for Love and most of all, for all the beautiful unmanageable paradoxes and ambiguities of the human heart. His trust and faith have empowered me,” said Athol Fugard, an honorary chair who has had new plays at Long Wharf Theatre each of the last three seasons. In addition to Fugard, the honorary event chairs are Jane Alexander, Arvin Brown, Judith Ivey, Eugene Lee, Ming Cho Lee, Donald Margulies, Anna Deavere Smith, Paula Vogel and Sam Waterston. To purchase tickets to the event, contact Kathy Cihi at 203-772-8234. For more information about Long Wharf Theatre’s 2011-12 season call 203-787-4282 or visit
  • Fairfield University presents North American Premiere of Perpetual Peace by Juan Mayorga, award-winning Spanish playwright, Oct. 5-8 at 8 pm at the Wien Experimental Theatre , The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The play explores the question of whether or not the state’s use of physical coercion and torture is justified in circumstances where the knowledge gained by its use could prevent a terrorist incident. The production of is a collaboration between Fairfield University staff and faculty and the Bethlehem, CT-based Actor’s Nucleus theater company. Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at  1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available.

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