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Playwright A.R. Gurney in spotlight at Westport Playhouse honors gala

Published 5:06 pm, Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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  • A.R. Gurney will be the honoree at the Westport Country Playhouse's annual fundraiser Sept. 22. Fourteen of his plays have been produced at the Playhouse. Photo: Contributed Photo, ST / Connecticut Post Contributed
    A.R. Gurney will be the honoree at the Westport Country Playhouse's annual fundraiser Sept. 22. Fourteen of his plays have been produced at the Playhouse. Photo: Contributed Photo, ST

 

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Connecticut playwright A.R. "Pete" Gurney will be honored at the Westport Country Playhouse's annual fundraiser in September.

The event each year honors a leading figure in drama, and the event Sept. 22 will celebrate the life and works of the man who has had 14 of his plays produced at the playhouse.

Proceeds from "A Perfect Party: A Gala Evening Honoring A.R. Gurney" will benefit the nonprofit theater, which now is in its 84th season.

Arthur Levitt, the playhouse trustee who served as the nation's top securities regulator, will receive the Playhouse Leadership Award at the event, which annually features performances by leading entertainers.

Hosts will be actress Sigourney Weaver and her husband, Jim Simpson, artistic director of the Flea Theater in New York City, which has produced eight of Gurney's plays.

Gurney has been a playwright for more than a half century. His best known dramas include "Love Letters," "Sweet Sue," "Children" and "The Dining Room."

"Pete Gurney has enjoyed a long and successful career in the American Theater -- one that has brought decades of wit, laughter, tears, and insight to audiences across the country and around the world," playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos said in a news release. "The playhouse has been a particular and proud beneficiary of many of his plays and premieres, which have delighted our audiences season after season."

Gurney won a Drama Desk Award in 2012 for his body of work. He is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Levitt was a classmate of Gurney's at Williams and was chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1993 to 2001. Lamos called his contributions to the playhouse "legendary."

The gala includes a cocktail party, performances, dinner and a silent auction. Tickets range from $250 to $2,500.

For more information or ticket purchases, email Westport Country Playhouse special events manager Elizabeth Marks Juviler at ejuviler@westportplayhouse.org or call her at 203-571-1293.