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What is the New Works Circle?

Home to 43 World Premiere productions since its inception, the Westport Country Playhouse has a long history of nurturing playwrights and creating new work. 

The New Works Circle is a fund developed for the purpose of supporting new work. The supporters of this fund form a group of members who share an excitement and investment in bringing new work to the Playhouse. 


What does the New Works Circle fund?

For the ability of the Playhouse to annually do:

•Two new play workshops

•Four new play readings

•Funds that will allow the Playhouse to produce one new play each season

What is included in a New Works Circle Membership?

Exclusive invitations to:

•Annual New Works Circle trip to new play festival

•New Works Circle Dinners

•Workshops and play readings

•Opening night of world premiere productions

•First rehearsals of new plays


•Quarterly New Work E-newsletter 

•Dedicated webpage listing Founding and annual members

•Special program recognition during the 5-Play Season

•New Work Fund recognized on title page of new plays produced at the Playhouse and in programs for readings 

How do I become a member of the New Works Circle?

Each New Works Circle member provides an annual gift for the fund. For information about the nature of this gift, or to inquire about membership, please contact Carole Southall at 

A Special Thank You to our Founding Members:

Howard J. Aibel
Stephen Corman
Ania Czekaj-Farber
Sandra & Neil DeFeo
Kate & Bob Devlin
Michele & Marc Flaster
Susan Jacobson & David Moskovitz
Judy & Scott Phares
Barbara & John Samuelson
Barbara & John Streicker
Johnna G. Torsone & John McKeon

Maureen Anderman, Gabriel Brown and Joe Paulik in WCP’s premier production of A.R. Gurney’s Love and Money, produced with NYC’s Signature Theater. Photo by Photo by Carol Rosegg.

2017 New Works Initiative Selections

The Vendler Television Playhouse
By Susan Rice, Directed by Robert Carey,
and starring Tony Award-winner Joanna Gleason

Thousand Pines
By Matthew Greene, Directed by Austin Pendleton

The Biggest Valley
By A. Zell Williams

The Forgotten Woman
By Jonathan Tolins

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