Script readings of Joanna McClelland's "Trying" and Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" are planned this fall at the Westport Country Playhouse.

The reading of "Trying" at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, will feature Tony Award nominee Edward Herrmann and Broadway actress Helen Cespedes.

Herrmann will take the role of Francis Biddle, a former attorney general under President Franklin Roosevelt, and the former chief judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.

In the play, Biddle is an old curmudgeon in his final year of life, too irascible to keep a secretary long enough to write his memoirs. But he meets his match in a young Canadian woman, played by Cespedes.

The reading of Christie's classic whodunit, "The Mousetrap," will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15. The cast has not yet been announced.

Tickets for each performance are $15, available online at, by phone at 203-227-4177 or by visiting the box office at 24 Powers Court.