Ayckbourn’s ‘Bedroom Farce’ coming to Westport Playhouse
Published 6:21 am, Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The play received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, during its 1979 Broadway run.
“Alan Ayckbourn, a prolific British playwright, has become a playhouse favorite, adored by our audiences and critics alike,” Mark Lamos, the Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, said in publicity for the production. “And especially when directed by John Tillinger, who has become a go-to director of Ayckbourn, an expert who has brought his plays to life on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in Westport.”
“Bedroom Farce” takes place over the course of an “intense Saturday evening. In three separate bedrooms, the roles and relationships of four couples are laid bare, complete with squabbles, bothers, a few bruises and a touching epiphany,” according to the theater’s publicity.
The cast includes Scott Drummond as Malcolm. He was in Broadway’s “Machinal,” and a regional theater production of “Absurd Person Singular” by Ayckbourn. He is in the new movie, “Sisters” with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Carson Elrod, as Trevor, was in the playhouse production of “How the Other Half Loves,” “Time of My Life,” “The Drawer Boy” and a local Script in Hand playreading of “Bedroom Farce.” He also was on Broadway in “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Matthew Greer, as Nick, appeared at the playhouse in “And a Nightingale Sang” and “Things We Do for Love.” Broadway credits include “The Real Thing,” “Cabaret,” and “The Judas Kiss.” He was also in the National Tour of “Spamalot.” Cecilia Hart, as Delia, was in the playhouse’s “How the Other Half Loves,” “Time of My Life” and “Relatively Speaking.” She was on Broadway in “Design for Living,” “Othello” and “Dirty Linen.”
Claire Karpen, as Kate, was in Off-Broadway’s “Into the Woods,” “The Heir Apparent,” “At the Table” and in regional theater’s “The Last Five Years” and “The ’60s Project.” Nicole Lowrance, as Jan, was in the playhouses’s “Beyond Therapy,” “David Copperfield” and a Script in Hand playreading of “Over the River and Through the Woods.” On Broadway, she was in “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and “Dividing the Estate.” Sarah Manton, as Susannah, was on the playhouse stage in “Things We Do for Love.” She appeared in Broadway/London’s “One Man, Two Guvnors” and London’s “The Coast of Utopia,” “South Pacific” and as Baby in “Dirty Dancing.” Paxton Whitehead, as Ernest, was in the playhouse’s “The Circle,” “How the Other Half Loves,” “Time of My Life” and “Relatively Speaking.” Broadway credits include “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Absurd Person Singular,” “My Fair Lady” and “Noises Off” (Drama Desk Award).
Ayckbourn this year marks his 54th year as a theater director and his 56th as a playwright. To date he has written 79 plays, his latest “Hero's Welcome” will premiere during the Stephen Joseph Theatre's 60th anniversary celebrations in 2015.
His work includes: “Relatively Speaking,” “How the Other Half Loves,” “Absurd Person Singular,” “Bedroom Farce,” “A Chorus of Disapproval” and “The Norman Conquests.”
He has been inducted into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts, and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the theater. Ayckbourn's official website is www.alanayckbourn.net.
Single tickets to “Bedroom Farce” start at $30.