Curtain raised on Westport Playhouse plans for ’16 season
The slate of productions planned next year at the Westport Country Playhouse will include two Tony Award-winning plays, an Off-Broadway hit, a new thriller by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, a comedy by Joe Orton and a “reimagined” musical by Lerner and Loewe.
The theater’s 2016 season, its 86th, will run from May through October, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos.
“Our 2016 season is generous in variety and scale,” Lamos said in a statement issued to publicize the productions. “Instead of the usual five productions, we'll be presenting six — two of them, for the first time since the playhouse’s early years — in repertory. I know our community will find many things to enjoy in this lineup of theater that not only entertains, but is indeed theater worth talking about.”
The first staging, from May 3 to 29, includes two Tony Award-winning plays in repertory, with each play alternating daily: “Art” by Yasmin Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, and “Red” by John Logan. Each of the plays is about art: making it, owning it, the anguish of creating it and the ache of believing in it, according to the playhouse.
The recent Off-Broadway comedy, “Buyer and Cellar” by Jonathan Tolins, will be performed June 14 through July 2. A winner of a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, it is about a young, out-of-work actor who winds up working for a well-known star in the mall she built in her Malibu mansion.
Another recent Off-Broadway show, “The Invisible Hand” will be staged July 19 through Aug. 6. A new thriller by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, also the author of Broadway’s “Disgraced,” it concerns an American futures trader kidnapped and held hostage in Pakistan, and how he plots his escape.
The comedy, “What the Butler Saw” by Joe Orton, will be performed Aug. 23 through Sept. 10.
A new version of the musical “Camelot,” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick will run Oct. 4-22.
All play titles, artists and dates are subject to change, according to the playhouse announcement.
The performance schedule is Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Subscriptions are now available for the 2016 season for current and new subscribers, including online. Current subscribers who renew by the early-bird deadline on Sunday, September 13, will receive a free ticket to share with a friend. Among the subscriber benefits ticket prices up to 35 percent less than single ticket purchases, as well as priority seating, free ticket exchanges, the monthly playhouse e-newsletter, and discounts at selected Westport restaurants, according to the theater.