The Westport Historical Society will hold a tour of the White Barn Theatre 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

The theater was founded in a former horse barn in 1947 at the corner of Cranberry Road and Newtown Turnpike by actress and producer Lucille Lortel.

The theater was known for controversial productions and for giving many celebrated actors their start, including Peter Falk and Geoffrey Holder, according to a society news release. Actresses Eva La Gallienne and Marilyn Monroe and playwright Arthur Miller were regular guests for plays by Athol Fugard, Bertolt Brecht and Tennessee Williams, the release states.

Mark Graham, the theater's former general manager, and stage designer Peter Ling will lead the tour. They will discuss its past as well as possible future plans for the venue.

In addition to the tour, there will be a reading and refreshments in the garden where Lortel's private residence still stands.

Tour participants will meet at the theater. Tickets are $10. Required advance registration may be made by calling the society at 203 222-1424. For information, visit