Westport Country Playhouse hosts script readings
Published 8:38 am, Saturday, February 4, 2012
Westport Country Playhouse's Script in Hand series will hold two script readings in upcoming weeks at the playhouse, 25 Powers Court.
The series, part of "Winter at the Playhouse," will present a reading of "Morning's at Seven" 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13. The play, a comedy by playwright Paul Osborn that portrays a family living too close for comfort, tells of four sisters who live in the same town yet keep secrets to preserve the family peace.
Osborn (1901-1988) was an American playwright and screenwriter best known for writing the film adaptations of "East of Eden," "South Pacific," "The Yearling" and "Sayonara." "Morning's at Seven," first staged in 1939, was revived in 1980 -- the year it received a Tony Award -- and 2002 and presented on television. Osborn also wrote the play "On Borrowed Time," which was made into a film.
The series will continue with a reading of "Stage Struck," an inventive comedy/thriller by playwright Simon Gray, 7 p.m. Monday, March 12. The play is about a former regional stage manager who keeps house for his West End actress-wife while amusing himself with sexual adventures until a psychiatrist's intervention destroys his marriage.
Gray (1936-2008) was born in England and attended Cambridge. His plays include "Butley," "Quartermaine's Terms," "Otherwise Engaged" and "The Old Masters." He also wrote TV plays, film scripts and memoirs.
Both readings will be directed by Anne Keefe, playhouse artistic advisor. Keefe served as the playhouse's artistic director with Joanne Woodward in 2008 and as associate artistic director from 2000 to 2006, also with Woodward.
Tickets to the one-night-only events are $15. Casting will be announced soon.
For information or tickets, call the box office at 203-227-4177, visit the playhouse or go to www.westportplayhouse.org.