Westport Country Playhouse next year will stage the world premiere of a new A.R. Gurney comedy, "Love and Money," the theater announced.

Gurney, who was honored at the theater's annual gala last month, has long been a playhouse favorite. It has staged 14 productions of his plays over the past 34 years, according to a playhouse news release.

"Love and Money" explores the trials of class, family, legacy and race, according to the release. Wealthy widow Cornelia Cunningham has led a life of grace and privilege -- and she's making up for it as fast as she can. Determined to donate almost everything she owns before the end, Cornelia's plans are questioned when an ambitious and ingratiating young man, who may be the grandson she never knew she had, arrives to claim his inheritance.

The premiere is scheduled to run next summer from July 21 to Aug. 8 and will be directed by Mark Lamos, the playhouse's artistic director.

The Signature Theatre in New York City will co-produce the new play, and performances will be staged there after its playhouse run.

The playhouse's most recent production of a Gurney play was the 2013 staging of "The Dining Room." Its first Gurney play was "Children" in 1980.