Meet the Creative Team
2015 marks Alan’s 54th year as a theatre director and his 56th as a playwright. He has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 79 plays - his latest Hero's Welcome will premiere during the Stephen Joseph Theatre's 60th anniversary celebrations in 2015 - and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countless awards.
Major successes include: Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval, and The Norman Conquests. In the past four years, there have been revivals of Season's Greetings and A Small Family Business at the National Theatre and in the West End productions of Absent Friends, A Chorus of Disapproval, and Relatively Speaking. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his first West End production, Mr Whatnot. In 2009, he retired as artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, where almost all his plays have been and continue to be first staged. In June of 2014 an extremely successful visit of the SJT Ayckbourn Ensemble Company to the Brits-off-Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters, New York, staging his two new 2013 plays Arrivals & Departures and Farcicals, and a revival of his 1992 play Time of My Life, attracted uniformly excellent reviews; Arrivals & Departures being included in Time Magazine’s Top Ten Productions of the Year whilst also receiving an enthusiastic salute from The New York Times. In recent years, he has been inducted into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts, and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre. Source: Alan Ayckbourn's official website www.alanayckbourn.net.
Westport Country Playhouse: Things We Do for Love, How the Other Half Loves, Children, Time of My Life, Relatively Speaking, The Drawer Boy. Broadway: Absurd Person Singular
with Paxton Whitehead and Deborah Rush; Say Goodnight, Gracie
with Frank Gorshin; Judgment at Nuremburg
with Maximilian Schell, Martha Keller, and George Grizzard; Night Must Fall
with Matthew Broderick; The Sunshine Boys
with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall; Inherit the Wind
with Charles Durning and George C. Scott (Tony Award nomination, OCC Award); Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass
; The Price
with Eli Wallach (Tony Award nomination); Sweet Sue
with Mary Tyler Moore and Lynn Redgrave; Loot!
with Joseph Maher (Tony Award nomination, OCC Award); Corpse!
with Milo O’Shea; The Golden Age
with Stockard Channing, Irene Worth, and Jeff Daniels; Solomon’s Child. Off-Broadway: A Picasso; Tea at Five
with Kate Mulgrew; House and Garden; Comic Potentia
l with Janie Dee; The Exact Center; Dealer’s Choice; Sylvia
with Sarah Jessica Parker; A Perfect Ganesh
with Zoe Caldwell and Francis Sternhagen; The Last Yankee; Lips Together, Teeth Apart
with Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski, and Swoosie Kurtz; After the Fall
with Frank Langella and Dianne Wiest; Breaking Legs
with Vincent Gardenia and Philip Bosco; The Lisbon Traviata
with Nathan Lane (Lortel Award); Prin
with Dame Eileen Atkins; What the Butler Saw
; Love Letters
with many stars including Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst (Lortel Award); Urban Blight
; The Film Society; Little Murders
with Christine Lahti; The Perfect Party
(OCC Award); It’s Only a Play
with Christine Baranski, James Coco, and Joanna Gleason; Entertaining Mr. Sloane
(Drama Desk Award). Regional: Eleanor
with Jean Stapleton (Arena Stage); and many seasons at Long Wharf Theatre: Arsenic
and Old Lace
with Joanne Woodward; As You Like It
; The Road to Mecca
with Julie Harris; Betrayal; The Lover; The Ruffian on the Stair; A Flea in Her Ear; Another Country
with Peter Gallagher and Peter McNichol; This Story of Yours
; A Christmas Garland.
Marjorie Bradley Kellogg
Opera: Passions (Glimmerglass Festival), World Premiere of Margaret Garner (Michigan Opera). Broadway: Any Given Day, On Borrowed Time, Lucifer's Child, American Buffalo, Da, Requiem for a Heavyweight, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Solomon’s Child, Arsenic and Old Lace, Steaming, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Resident Designer, National Actors Theatre, 1992-93. 45 years of Off-Broadway and regional theater productions. Awards: 2014 Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design, 2006 USITT Distinguished Achievement Award, 2002 Ruth Morley Design Award, 1995 Mary L. Murphy Award for Excellence in Design, the first Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration (1994), Boston Theatre Critics Circle, Los Angeles Drama-Logue.
Westport Country Playhouse: Things We Do for Love, How the Other Half Loves, Hot ‘n Cole, The Pavilion, Relatively Speaking, The Drawer Boy, The Member of the Wedding, Master Harold and the Boys. Laurie has worked extensively in NYC and regionally for the past 20 years as a costume designer in theater, television, and film and is currently the costume design professor at Dartmouth College. Her costume designs have been seen in over 100 stage productions - from Broadway to regional. Laurie was on the design team at “Saturday Night Live” for 11 seasons where she designed costumes for commercial parodies, short films, and celebrity photo shoots as well as live skits. She has also been a designer for various independent and feature films shot in and around New York. Broadway: The Price, directed by James Naughton. Regional Theaters: Mark Taper Forum, Huntington Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Old Globe, Pittsburgh Public Theater.
Anadamar (Lexington Philharmonic), Les Misérables (Fresno Opera, TUTS Houston), Motherhood the Musical (Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Rochester), The Turn of the Screw (Sacramento Opera), La Bohème (Berkshire Opera), Dardanus and Comte Ory (Wolftrap Opera), Cendrillion (Manhattan School of Music). Ken Billington’s Associate worldwide since 1998 with Chicago, Scottsboro Boys, High School Musical, Dreamgirls, White Christmas.
Westport Country Playhouse: Things We Do for Love, How the Other Half Loves, Children, Time of My Life, Relatively Speaking, The Drawer Boy. Resident Composer/Sound Designer Berkshire Theatre Festival: over 30 productions, including Waiting for Godot, Candida, Night of the Iguana, The Misanthrope, Awake and Sing!, American Buffalo. Off-Broadway: Sarah, Sarah; Five by Tenn; A Picasso (Lortel Award nomination); The Other Side (Manhattan Theatre Club); Volpone, The Duchess of Malfi, Edward the Second, Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theater); Side Effects (MCC); Steve and Idi, Miss Julie (Rattlestick Theater). Regional: Lorenzaccio (Shakespeare Theatre, DC); Othello, Hamlet, As You Like It (Shakespeare & Company); A.C.T., Seattle Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse.
Shane Ann Younts
Broadway: Newsies, Clybourne Park, Bonnie & Clyde, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Jekyll & Hyde, Mamma Mia!, Spamalot, Tarzan. Off-Broadway & Regional: Permission, Stunning, Luck of the Irish, Timon of Athens, Edward II, The Duchess of Malfi, The Miracle Worker, 1776, Steel Magnolias, Cyrano. Tours: War Horse, Mary Poppins, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Misérables. Shakespeare in the Park: All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Macbeth. Guthrie Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra. Faculty - NYU Graduate Acting. Co-author - All the Words on Stage, a Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the Plays of William Shakespeare.
Westport Country Playhouse: Things We Do for Love. Broadway: Hand to God. Off-Broadway: Hand to God (MCC Theater); Verité (LTC3); Things of Dry Hours (New York Theatre Workshop); Love Song of an Albanian Sous Chef, Zero (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Butcher of Baraboo (Second Stage Theatre); Tea and Sympathy (Keen Company). Regional: The Games Afoot, God of Carnage (Asolo Repertory Theatre); A Skull in Connemara (New Repertory Theatre); Macbeth (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); The Bigger Man (Circle X Theatre Co.). Opera: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Providence, Chautauqua Opera. National Tour: Porgy and Bess. Film: The Key Man, Victoriana, Fall Down Dead.
Westport Country Playhouse: And a Nightingale Sang, The Liar, Intimate Apparel, Things We Do for Love, Nora, Sing for Your Shakespeare, Room Service, The Show-Off. Off-Broadway: Posterity (Atlantic Theater Company); Indian Ink (Roundabout Theatre); Punk Rock, Village Bike, Small Engine Repair, Reasons to Be Happy, Don't Go Gentle, Carrie, Wild Animals You Should Know, The Submission (MCC Theatre); ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Red Bull Theater); Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre); The Chocolate Show, Craving for Travel, I Call My Brothers. Opera: La Perichole, Moses in Egypt, The Turn of the Screw, Powder Her Face, Orpheus, Cosi Fan Tutti, A Quiet Place, Don Giovanni, Margaret Garner, Semele, Cappriccio, Daphne, Alcina, Il Trittico, Lilith, The Flying Dutchman, Rinaldo, Roberto Deveraux (New York City Opera); Armide, Hansel and Gretel, Monsieur Choufleuri (Juilliard Opera Center).
Tara Rubin Casting
Third Season at Westport Country Playhouse. Selected Broadway: Dr. Zhivago; It Shoulda Been You; Gigi; Aladdin; Les Misérables; Bullets Over Broadway; Big Fish; Mothers and Sons; The Heiress; Ghost; One Man, Two Guvnors (US Casting); Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway; How to Succeed..; Promises, Promises; A Little Night Music; Billy Elliot; Shrek; Guys and Dolls; The Farnsworth Invention; Young Frankenstein; The Little Mermaid; Mary Poppins; My Fair Lady; Pirate Queen; Spamalot; Jersey Boys; …Spelling Bee; The Producers; Mamma Mia!; The Phantom of the Opera; Contact. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love; Old Jews Telling Jokes; Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Sundance Theatre Lab, Yale Repertory Theatre, Kennedy Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe.
Tara Rubin CSA, Laura Schutzel CSA
Eric Woodall CSA, Merri Sugarman CSA
Kaitlin Shaw CSA, Lindsay Levine CSA
Scott Anderson, Elizabeth Auwaerter
Production Stage Manager
Megan is thrilled to return to Westport Country Playhouse. Previous shows include: The Liar, Of Mice and Men, David Copperfield, Finian’s Rainbow. Select credits include: Off-Broadway: Fetch Clay, Make Man, Red Dog Howls (NYTW); The Scottsboro Boys, American Fiesta, Mary Rose, The Internationalist (Vineyard Theatre); Look Back in Anger, Ordinary Days, Distracted, Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Roundabout Theatre); Good Boys and True (Second Stage); Book of Days (Signature Theatre). Regional: Rain, Found, The Nightingale (NYSAF); The Scottsboro Boys (Guthrie Theater) and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Ms. Smith is a Founding Member of Blue Roses Productions. Equity member since 1999.
Assistant Stage Manager
Off-Broadway: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline (Fiasco/ TFANA); Tamburlaine (TFANA); The Liquid Plain, The Old Friends (Signature Theatre); King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Detroit ’67 (Public Theater); Red Dog Howls (NYTW); Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep); Look Back in Anger, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, The Language Archive, Ordinary Days, Distracted, Streamers (Roundabout Theatre Company); The Scottsboro Boys, Arlington, Picked (Vineyard Theatre); I, Malvolio (New Victory Theater); The Loves of Pharaoh (BAM). Regional: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre); The Scottsboro Boys (Guthrie Theater).
Westport Country Playhouse: Artistic Director since 2009. Broadway: Our Country's Good (Tony nomination); The Rivals, Cymbeline, Seascape (Tony nomination, best revival) for Lincoln Center Theater; The Deep Blue Sea; The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm. Off-Broadway: Tiny Alice, Measure for Measure (Lortel Awards for both); productions at Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Signature Theatre, The Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park (As You Like It). He was Artistic Director of Hartford Stage for 16 seasons (1989 Tony Award). Other theater: Kennedy Center, Canada's Stratford Festival, Guthrie Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre (Associate Artist), A.C.T., The Old Globe, Delaware Rep, Ford’s Theatre, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and others. He was the first American to direct a company in the former Soviet Union (Moscow's Pushkin Theatre - Desire Under the Elms), and the first to act as dramaturge in the creation of a ballet, Alexei Ratmansky's The Tempest for American Ballet Theatre. His work in opera is extensive. For the Metropolitan Opera: New productions of I Lombardi with Luciano Pavarotti, and Wozzeck (both televised for “Great Performances”), as well as the world premiere of Harbison's The Great Gatsby, and Adriana Lecouvreur with Placido Domingo. He created many productions for NYC Opera, including televised productions of Paul Bunyan, Tosca, Central Park, and Madama Butterfly (Emmy Award). Other opera: Glimmerglass, Bergen National, Gothenberg, Munich Biennale, London's Barbican, L'Opera du Montreal, Chicago Lyric, Santa Fe, St. Louis, Dallas, San Francisco, and others. Lamos began his career in the theater as an actor on and Off-Broadway and in regional theater and made his film debut in Longtime Companion. He was awarded the Connecticut Medal for the Arts as well as honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Trinity College, and the University of Hartford.
Ross enters his seventh season as managing director of Westport Country Playhouse. From 2002 to 2008, he was managing director of Center Stage in Baltimore, the award-winning State Theater of Maryland. Previously, Ross was managing director of Long Wharf Theatre (1997-2002), where he was on the producing team for the commercial transfer of the Pulitzer Prize winner, Wit. He was general manager, and business and box office manager at Hartford Stage (1986-1996). Ross served as program officer/project director at National Arts Stabilization, and worked with Baltimore Opera Company and Alley Theater, Houston. Ross has consulted in fundraising, board development, executive search, and strategic planning for theaters nationwide, including Kansas City Repertory Theatre, SITI Company, Wilma Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and Everyman Theatre. He has been a panelist for programs hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, and New England Foundation for the Arts, among others, and was an adjunct professor in The Yale University School of Drama Theater Management Program. He currently serves on the Board of the Burry Fredrik Foundation.
Westport Country Playhouse
Westport Country Playhouse is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, professional theater under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos and management leadership of Michael Ross. The Playhouse creates five live theater experiences, produced at the highest level, from May through October. Its vital mix of works---dramatic, comedic, occasionally exploratory and unusual---expands the audience’s sense of what theater can be. The depth and scope of its productions display the foremost theatrical literature from the past---recent as well as distant---in addition to musicals and premieres of new plays. In 2013, the Playhouse was named “Theater Company of the Year” by The Wall Street Journal. During the summer, the Playhouse is home to the Woodward Internship Program, renowned for the training of aspiring theater professionals. Winter at the Playhouse, from November through March, offers events outside of the main season---Family Festivities presentations, and Script in Hand playreadings. In addition, businesses and organizations are encouraged to rent the handsome facility for their meetings, receptions, and fundraisers. As an historic venue, Westport Country Playhouse has had many different lives leading up to the present. Originally built in 1835 as a tannery manufacturing hatters’ leathers, it became a steam-powered cider mill in 1880, later to be abandoned in the 1920s. Splendidly transformed into a theater in 1931, it initially served as a try-out house for Broadway transfers, evolving into an established stop on the New England straw hat circuit of summer stock theaters through the end of the 20th century. Following a multi-million dollar renovation completed in 2005, the Playhouse became a state-of-the-art producing theater, preserving its original charm and character. Today, the not-for-profit Westport Country Playhouse serves as a cultural resource for patrons, artists, and students and is a treasure for the State of Connecticut. There are no boundaries to the creative thinking for future seasons or the kinds of audiences and excitement for theater that Westport Country Playhouse can build.
For This Production:
Assistant Costume Designer – Hannah Collman
Assistant Lighting Designer – Andrew Scharwath
Assistant Sound Designer – Christopher Peifer
Rehearsed at Westport Country Playhouse
Header Photo: Liv Rooth (Nora). Photo by Carol Rosegg.