The Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport will stage two free readings of "The Heiress" -- a drama of heartbreak and revenge based on Henry James 1889 novel "Washington Square.

Performances are scheduled Feb. 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. at the workshop in East Norwalk.

The drama centers around a shy, naïve, young woman; her handsome, charming, penniless suitor and her wealthy, tyrannical father. The stage play was written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, who adapted it for the 1949 film version that starred Olivia de Havilland and Montgomery Clift.

The film version was directed by William Wyler, and de Havilland won a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of the young Catherine Sloper. Clift played her suitor, Morris Townsend.

In the workshop's production, Katie Sparer of Stratford will play Catherine. Sloper and James Noble of Norwalk will play her father. Mark Basile of Weston will play the suitor Morris Townsend.

Rounding out the Workshop cast are Miles Everett of Thomaston, Joan Grant of Westport, Leigh Katz of Westport, Carolyn Marble of Ridgefield, Jo Anne Parady of Norwalk and Florence Phillips of Cos Cob.

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'The Heiress' What: Readings of the 19th Century drama Where: The Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport, 5 Gregory Blvd., East Norwalk When: Feb. 11 and 12, 8 p.m. Reservations: None Admission: Free

The drama will be directed by Richard Leonard of Cos Cob.

The Theatre Artists Workshop, an organization of professional actors, writers and directors, was founded in Westport in 1983 by film and stage star Keir Dullea and his wife, the late Susie Fuller. In 1997 the theater moved to its East Norwalk location.

There are no reservations for the Feb. 11 and 12 performances. No admission will be charged, although the workshop said it appreciates donations.

The workshop's next Classic Night, scheduled for March 11 and 12, is "Misalliance," George Bernard Shaw's comic-ironic examination of marriage, socialism, physical fitness and the new woman.

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