Meet the Cast
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Broadway: Machinal. Off Broadway: A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane Theatre), Hamlet (Theatre for a New Audience). Other New York: Roundabout Theatre Company, The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, The Play Company. Regional: Absurd Person Singular (Two River Theatre); Other Desert Cities, Well (Arena Stage); One Slight Hitch, Twelve Angry Men (George Street Playhouse); Pride and Prejudice (South Coast Rep); Mother Courage (La Jolla Playhouse); Williamstown Theatre Festival; Barrington Stage Company; Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (6 seasons); Buyer and Cellar (upcoming, Seattle Rep). Film: Sisters with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (upcoming, Dir. Jason Moore), Not Fade Away (Dir. David Chase). Television: “Unforgettable” (CBS), “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO), “Black Jack” (pilot, Comedy Central), “All My Children.” Training: M.F.A., UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse; B.F.A., SMU.
Westport Country Playhouse: How the Other Half Loves, Time of My Life, The Drawer Boy, and a Script in Hand playreading of Bedroom Farce. Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Reckless, Noises Off. Lincoln Center: The Merry Widow. Off-Broadway: Lives of the Saints, All in the Timing (Primary Stages); The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company); The Explorer’s Club, Comic Potential, House/Garden (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Tempest, Measure for Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well (NYSF). Regional: Yale Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and A.R.T. TV: “The Medium,” “30 Rock.” Film: Kissing Jessica Stein, Wedding Crashers. Princess Grace Award. AEA since 2000. MFA: NYU Grad Acting. www.carsonelrod.com
Westport Country Playhouse: And a Nightingale Sang, Things We Do for Love. Broadway: The Real Thing (2014), Seminar, Cabaret, The Real Thing (2000), The Judas Kiss. Off-Broadway: Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre); Dinner with Friends, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, Suddenly Last Summer (Roundabout Theatre Company); A Fair Country, Ancestral Voices (Lincoln Center Theater); The Duchess of Malfi (Red Bull Theater); A Mother, a Daughter, and a Gun. National Tour: Spamalot. Regional includes: The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, Hamlet, Death of a Salesman, Pride and Prejudice (Guthrie Theater); Hay Fever (Yale Repertory Theatre); In the Next Room, Skylight, Cymbeline (PlayMakers Rep). Television: “Guiding Light.” Directing: Never the Sinner (Convergent Theatre Company). Education: Juilliard.
Westport Country Playhouse: How the Other Half Loves, Time of My Life, Relatively Speaking. Broadway: Design for Living, Othello, Dirty Linen (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk nomination), The Heiress, Macbeth (Lincoln Center). Off-Broadway: The Good Parts, Division Street, The Emperor of Late Night Radio. Regional: First Lady (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Goodman Theatre), Perfect Pitch (Kennedy Center), Romeo and Juliet, The Revengers Tragedy, Subject to Fits (Folger Theatre), Showdown at the Adobe Motel (Hartman Theatre), How the Other Half Loves (Tiffany Theatre, Los Angeles). National Tours: Moonchildren, Present Laughter. TV: “Law & Order,” “Mr. Sunshine,” “Gabriel’s Fire,” “MacGyver,” “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,” “Three’s Company,” “Quincy,” “Paris,” “Moviola,” “A Woman Called Moses,” among others.
Off-Broadway: Into the Woods (Roundabout Theatre/Fiasco Theater), The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company), At the Table (HERE Arts Center/Fault Line Theatre). Regional: Into the Woods (The Old Globe/McCarter Theatre/Fiasco Theater); The 60's Project (Goodspeed); The Last Five Years (Stamford Center for the Arts); Richard III, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Comedy of Errors (Trinity Rep). Directing: The Woodsman (59E59); A Soldier’s Tale (Chautauqua); Henry IV Part I, Trelawny of the Wells, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Little Night Music (Juilliard); Voices in My Head (Ars Nova). Training: Juilliard and Brown University. www.clairekarpen.com
Westport Country Playhouse: Beyond Therapy, David Copperfield, and Script in Hand playreading of Over the River and Through the Woods. Broadway: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (u/s), Dividing the Estate. International: The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company). Off-Broadway: Permission (MCC); Middle of the Night (Keen Company); Peter and the Starcatcher (New World Stages); The Merchant of Venice, All’s Well That Ends Well, Engaged, Don Juan (Theatre for a New Audience); Columbinus (New York Theater Workshop). Regional: O.P.C. (American Repertory Theater); Oleanna/Speed-the-Plow (in rep) (Actors Theatre Company); Curse of the Starving Class (American Conservatory Theater); The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue (Hartford Stage); Romeo and Juliet (Folger Theatre); Hamlet, The Little Foxes (Shakespeare Theatre Company). TV: “Law & Order,” “Whoopi,” “Guiding Light,” “American Masters.” She is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
Westport Country Playhouse: Things We Do for Love
. New York/London: One Man, Two Guvnors
(Broadway); The Coast of Utopia, South Pacific
(National Theatre, London); Baby in Dirty Dancing
(West End), Einstein and Mileva
(Theatre Row, NY); Major Barbara
, The Madras House
(Orange Tree, London). Regional: What the Butler Saw
(Mark Taper Forum), Time and the Conways
(The Old Globe), Owners
(Yale Repertory Theatre), The Champion of Paribanou
(dir. Alan Ayckbourn, Scarborough), Time of My Life
(Pittsburgh Public Theater), When We Are Married
(Denver Center). Tours: Romeo and Juliet
, The Rivals
, Look Back in Anger
. TV/Film: “Doctors” and “Casualty” (BBC), Susan (short). Radio: Emily in Alan Ayckbourn’s “Whenever.”
Westport Country Playhouse: The Circle, How the Other Half Loves, Time of My Life, Relatively Speaking, A Bench in the Sun, The Crucifer of Blood, and a Script in Hand playreading of Dial ‘M’ for Murder. Broadway: The Importance of Being Earnest, Absurd Person Singular, My Fair Lady (Helen Hayes Award), Lettice and Lovage, A Little Hotel on the Side, Artist Descending a Staircase, Run for Your Wife, Noises Off (Drama Desk Award), Camelot (Tony Award nomination), The Crucifer of Blood, Habeas Corpus, Candida, Beyond the Fringe, The Affair. Off-Broadway: The Heir Apparent, Bill Irwin’s Harlequin Studies, Suite in Two Keys, London Suite, One Way Pendulum, Gallows Humor. Also recently: What the Butler Saw (L.A. and Boston, Norton Award); Pygmalion (The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival); The Habit of Art, All’s Well That Ends Well (Helen Hayes Award nominations, D.C.); A.E.H. in The Invention of Love (Jefferson Award nomination, Chicago). 1967-1977 Artistic Director of Canada’s Shaw Festival. Associate Artist San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. Film: Kate and Leopold, Back to School, etc. Television: “Desperate Housewives,” “Mad About You,” “Frasier,” “The West Wing,” “Friends,” “Ellen,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Dinosaurs,” “Early Edition,” etc.
Header Photo: Liv Rooth (Nora). Photo by Carol Rosegg.