Writer Andrew Gross will speak on "Criminal Financial Shenanigans in Plays and Novels" in a July 23 program at the Westport Country Playhouse.

The presentation in the theater's "Books Worth Talking About" series is planned in conjunction with the current playhouse production of "Loot," by British playwright Joe Orton.

The discussion will take place 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the playhouse, 25 Powers Court. Joe Meyers, writer for the Connecticut Post, will moderate.

" `Loot' is about some criminal financial shenanigans such as robbery, bribery of police officers and stashing money," Gross said in a release issued by the playhouse. "I write about the same kinds of shenanigans much of the time in Fairfield County, but on a slightly broader level."

The literary discussion is open to anyone with a ticket for the July 23 performance of "Loot." Subscribers to other performances may exchange their tickets for this evening by contacting the playhouse box office at 203-227-4177. Reservations are necessary. RSVP at marketing@westportplayhouse.org or the playhouse box office at 203-227-4177.