Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Long Wharf, Westport Combine on Ticket Deals for Shows Exploring Race

Connecticut residents have a unique opportunity to see two plays examining America’s complex issues with race, produced by Long Wharf Theatre and Westport Country Playhouse, while paying one low price. Long Wharf Theatre and Westport Country Playhouse are offering an $80 ticket package for their respective productions: the 1959 classic A Raisin in the Sunby Lorraine Hansberry and the 2012 Tony Award-winner it inspired, Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris.
For $80, patrons will be able to purchase a package of tickets to selected performances of both plays. The package can be purchased from either theater. The special offer is available through Friday, September 7.
“To my knowledge, this is the first time we’ve crossed county lines to do a promotion of this sort,“said David B. Byrd, Westport Country Playhouse director of marketing. “We’re thrilled about this unique collaboration between two of our State’s flagship producing theaters in addition to raising the profile of these important productions.”
“We have the utmost respect for the work Westport Country Playhouse has done over the years and are delighted to have the chance to work closely with them on this promotion,” said Steve Scarpa, Long Wharf Theatre’s director of marketing and communications. “I know that both theatres are excited to have the opportunity to share their work with a larger audience.”
Phylicia Rashad will direct the powerful classic A Raisin in the Sunby Lorraine Hansberry at Westport Country Playhouse this fall. The Tony Award-nominated play tells the story of the Youngers, a black family in 1950s Southside Chicago, and their quest for a piece of the American Dream. A towering drama, a play of passionate intensity and raw emotion, with complex characters who work their way into the hearts and minds of an audience, A Raisin in the Sun is a genuine 20thcentury American masterpiece.
Long Wharf Theatre’s spring 2013 production of Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris and directed by Associate Artistic Director Eric Ting, takes up where A Raisin in the Sun leaves off. Race and real estate collide in this outrageously funny and provocative Pulitzer Prize-winning new play. The action begins in 1959 in a small suburb of Chicago when a nervous group of neighbors are trying to talk their friends out of selling their home to a black family. Fast forward to the same house 50 years later when sparks fly as a white family attempts to move into the now predominantly African-American neighborhood. Long Wharf Theatre Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein believes that Clybourne Park is one of the most important plays on race penned in the last decade.
Westport Country Playhouse’s A Raisin in the Sun performances eligible for the offer include: Tues., Oct. 9 through Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m.; Tues., Oct. 16, at 8 p.m.; and Wed., Oct. 17, at 2 p.m.
Long Wharf Theatre’s Clybourne Parkperformances eligible for the offer include: Wed., May 8, at 7 p.m.; Thurs., May 9 through Sat., May 11, at 8 p.m.; Sun., May 12, at 7 p.m.; and Tues., May 14, at 7 p.m.
The special offer is subject to availability; cannot be combined with any other special offer or discount; not applicable on previously purchased tickets at either theater; best available seating at both theaters; phone sales and walk-up only; and no refunds, no exchanges.
For more information or tickets, Long Wharf Theatre’s box office at 203-787-4282, or visit 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT. www.longwharf.org, or contact the Westport Country Playhouse 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. www.westportplayhouse.org.

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