Script reading of 'Golden Age' at Westport Playhouse
Published 3:30 pm, Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Planned in conjunction with the 80th anniversary of the Westport Country Playhouse, actors Kathleen McNenny, Frances Sternhagen and Richard Thomas will perform a reading of A.R. Gurney's "The Golden Age," at 7 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the playhouse, 20 Powers Court.
"The Golden Age" tells of Isabel Hastings Hoyt, once a figure of note in the literary salons of the 1920s, who runs short of money and is concerned about her granddaughter, Virginia, a twice-divorced near alcoholic. She would like to see Virginia securely married before she dies.
McNenny plays Virginia. Her credits at Westport Country Playhouse include "Beyond Therapy" and "The Good German" (Connecticut Critics Circle Award nomination for outstanding actress). Most recently, she was in "Equus" at Guild Hall opposite Alec Baldwin.
Sternhagen portrays Isabel. Her credits at the playhouse include "On Golden Pond" and "All My Sons." She has received two Tony Awards for her performances in "The Good Doctor" and "The Heiress."
Thomas, who plays Tom, appeared in the playhouse's "Critic's Choice" and "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" He gained early note in the the Emmy Award-winning television series, "The Waltons." He has since appeared in other TV series, films, plays and more than 50 movies for television.
Director is John Tillinger, who has directed the playhouse's "How the Other Half Loves," "Children," "Time of My Life," "Relatively Speaking," "The Drawer Boy" and "Sylvia."
Tickets to the one-night-only reading are $15. Tickets to the reading and a post-performance reception to meet the cast, playwright and director are $80 ($15 for reading; $65 donation to support the 80th anniversary fund).
For information or tickets, call the box office at 203-227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available at www.westportplayhouse.org.