Westport Library hosts documentary film on Lucille Lortel
Published 7:59 am, Sunday, February 26, 2012
Westport Public Library will hold a screening of "The Queen of Off-Broadway," a 1985 documentary film on the late theater director Lucille Lortel at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the library's McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road.
In 1947, Lortel opened the 148-seat White Barn Theatre on her home's property on the Norwalk-Westport line and became its artistic director, according to a library news release. For the next 50 years, Lortel used this theater to try out and develop new plays, playwrights, and actors away from the commercial strain and glare of Broadway. Under her direction, the White Barn premiered nearly 200 American and European plays, many of which moved to Broadway or Off-Broadway, the release states.
Former White Barn general manager Mark Graham will introduce the 49-minute film and answer questions afterward.
Free and open to the public, the film accompanies an exhibit on Lucille Lortel in the library's Riverwalk exhibit case running through April 30. Both the film and exhibit are presented in conjunction with Bravo!, the current exhibit on regional theater at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, which runs through April 1.
For information, visit westportlibrary.org or call 203-291-4800.