Community Channel: Agatha Christie, lawyers and more
Published 7:50 pm, Friday, November 18, 2016
Murder mystery fans are in for a treat with the Westport Community Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution.” Set in post-war London of the 1950s, the play is a “who-done-it” mystery with numerous plot twists and turns that keep the audience guessing until the very last scene.
In the psychological thriller, a brutal murder has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London town house. The victim is the glamorous and enormously rich Emily French. All the evidence points to Leonard Vole, a young opportunist to whom the heiress has left her vast fortune and who ruthlessly took her life. At least, this is the story that Emily’s dedicated housekeeper, Janet Mackenzie, stands by in court. Leonard, however, is adamant his wife, Romaine (played by Pattinson), can prove his innocence.
This latest production of Westport Community Theatre merges talent and extensive experience from both cast and crew, with Rushen as the director, Dave Rylander as producer and Ann Baker as stage manager.
The well-rounded cast also includes Travis Branch, Geoffrey Gilbert, Larry Greeley, Barry Hatrick, Peter Haynes, Briana O’Brien LaMare, Stafford Nibley, John Pyron, David Pirrie, Jeff Pliskin and David Victor.
Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at westportcommunitytheatre.com or by calling 203-226-1983. The Westport Community Theatre is at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.
Top honors for divorce lawyer
David W. Griffin, from the Westport law firm of Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin LLC, has been named a 2016 National Fellow of the Year by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Griffin was presented with the prestigious award at the academy’s annual meeting in Chicago.
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is the premier national organization of family lawyers in the country.
Griffin is a partner at Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin and the immediate past chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Family Law Section. His practice includes the negotiation and litigation of all areas of family law, including divorce, complex property division, alimony, custody and visitation, child support and relocation.
Newman’s Own awards grants
Westport-based Newman’s Own Foundation has announced it is awarding $1.5 million in grants to more than 20 organizations across the country, including Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute in Bridgeport and Help Our Military Heroes in Easton.
The organizations support veteran entrepreneurship; provide veterans with the necessary training, support and access to capital; connect veterans to quality higher education and create supportive networks. Paul Newman, the late actor and philanthropist, was a World War II veteran.
Westport shop opens in
The Westport apparel and gift store Groove is opening a second location in New Canaan at the former Elm Street storefront of Ralph Lauren Kids, which closed in August.
Founded in 2007 by Corri Neckritz, Groove recently moved its flagship store in Westport into larger quarters a few doors over at 420 Post Road West, across from Whole Foods near the Norwalk line.
The Open Door Shelter in Norwalk has announced the appointment of Kersten Mitton Rivas to its board of directors.
Rivas, the Open Door Shelter’s newest board member, is the president of Source, an activation agency in Norwalk.
A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Rivas has been an active member of the community in Wilton, where she lives with her two children, and gives her time to activities including helping New Canaan Mounted Troop build a new website, teaching YogaTRX classes at Hello Yoga Wilton, and getting increasingly involved in the Westport Arts Center.