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Our new season is big for the soul. In 2018 we bring you a world premiere, two hilarious comedies, a thrilling drama of perseverance, plus the iconic American musical, Man of La Mancha. Invigorate your soul and join us now for all five plays.

 




FLYIN' WEST

by PEARL CLEAGE 
directed by SERET SCOTT

MAY 29 – JUNE 16, 2018

Fall, 1898: The Civil War is still a living memory, and the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas offers a refuge for many former slaves. At one homestead lives a family of courageous and sharp-witted women determined to make a place for themselves. They overcome tremendous odds in a heroic effort to escape the scars of the past in this uplifting story of bravery, pride, and sisterhood.  

"Potent, gripping… a sweet anthem of a play. Ms. Cleage writes with amazing grace and killer instinct.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES  


A FLEA IN HER EAR

a new version of George Feydeau's farce
by DAVID IVES 
directed by MARK LAMOS 
a co-production with Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware

JULY 10 – 28, 2018 

Raymonde has everything a turn-of-the-century Parisian housewife could want — everything, that is, except for a husband who lavishes her with attention in bed. Doubting his fidelity, she gets a “flea in her ear,” sending all involved on a wild ride of accusations, mistaken identities, and riotous confusions! Get ready for side-splitting hilarity as this classic, fast-paced fling unfolds. 
Aux armes! 

“A riotous romp.”

LA TIMES 


THE UNDERSTUDY

by THERESA REBECK
directed by DAVID KENNEDY
AUGUST 14 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 

Audiences mob the theater when a Hollywood action star takes the Broadway stage in a recently discovered play by Franz Kafka. But what if he can’t go on? Enter Harry, the understudy, a journeyman actor who has the chops but not the résumé. This hilarious look at life backstage gets even crazier when Harry reunites with the stage manager (his ex-fiancée!) and dukes it out with the film star as obstacles mount and tensions rise. Life in the theater — it ain’t easy!  

“A masterpiece of comic clockwork, raucously funny!”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

MAN OF LA MANCHA

by DALE WASSERMAN  music by MITCH LEIGH  lyrics by JOE DARION
directed by MARK LAMOS

SEPTEMBER 25 – OCTOBER 13, 2018

“The Impossible Dream” comes to life in this beloved American musical. Take an imaginative journey with Don Quixote as he tilts at windmills and battles for good and the love his fair maiden Aldonza. Rediscover the magic with songs like “Dulcinea” and be transported by the power of this sweeping tale based on Cervantes’ masterpiece.  

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical



THOUSAND PINES 
by MATTHEW GREENE
directed by AUSTIN PENDLETON
OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 17, 2018

This year, Thanksgiving feels hollow to the families of a small suburban town where the memories are still too fresh. Nothing has felt the same since the day when Thousand Pines Junior High School was on every news channel and in everyone’s hearts. This important and uplifting tale of redemption shows that we are all the same. We all want to feel safe. We all want to heal.
 

 

A World Premiere
Westport Country Playhouse New Works Initiative





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