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Running Time
1h 55m, with intermission

This production contains live gunshot effects.

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2016 SEASON
July 19 - Aug 6
Aug 23 - Sept 10   Oct. 4-30

 



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Meet the Creative Team
 

Ayad Akhtar
Playwright
Ayad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a novelist and author of American Dervish, published in over 20 languages worldwide and named a 2012 Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, Toronto's Globe and Mail, Shelf Awareness, and O, The Oprah Magazine. His play Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, ran on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, and is currently the most-produced play in the country. In addition to Disgraced, his plays The Who & The What and The Invisible Hand received Off-Broadway runs and are currently being produced around the world. Akhtar was listed as the most-produced playwright for the 2015/16 season by American Theatre. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He has been the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Djerassi, the Sundance Institute, Ucross, and Yaddo, where he currently serves as a Board Director. He is also a Board Trustee at PEN/America.

David Kennedy
Director/Associate Artistic Director
Westport Country Playhouse:  And a Nightingale Sang, Nora, Loot, Tartuffe, Suddenly Last Summer, Beyond Therapy, Dinner with Friends. Kennedy joined the Playhouse in March 2009 as associate artistic director. He previously served as associate artistic director at Dallas Theater Center from 2004 to 2007 and as acting artistic director for their 2007-08 season. His Dallas Theater Center directing credits included The Misanthrope, Glengarry Glen Ross, Moonlight and Magnolias, I Am My Own Wife, The Violet Hour, and Thom Pain (based on nothing). He has also staged productions at the Wilma Theater, Clarence Brown Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 78th Street Theatre Lab, Prospect Theater Company, and Kitchen Dog Theater, among others. He was a founding artistic director of The Lunar Society in Toronto and Milkman Theatre Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was artistic director of the Summer Cabaret in New Haven. Kennedy is a former Phil Killian Fellow at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and a graduate of Yale School of Drama. 

Adam Rigg
Scenic Design
Off-Broadway: Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Soho Repertory Theatre); O'Earth, Living Here (The Foundry Theatre); demonstrating the imaginary body.. (The Public Theater/Under the Radar).  Regional: Henry VI: Parts 1 & 2 (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Or How I Became an Ice Princess (REDCAT).  Opera: Breaking the Waves (forthcoming - Opera Philadelphia), The First Lady (UCLA Opera), An American Tragedy (Broad Stage). Television: HBO Docs “In Vogue: The Editor's Eye." 

Emily Rebholz
Costume Design
Westport Country Playhouse:  Loot, Dinner with Friends.  Broadway: If/Then, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Recent Off-Broadway: Indecent (Vineyard Theatre); Dear Evan Hansen, The Way We Get By (Second Stage); The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre); The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Park); Pretty Filthy (The Civilians); Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre); Yardbird (Apollo Theater). Recent Regional Theater and Opera: Don Giovanni (Santa Fe Opera), La Boheme (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), Another Word for Beauty (Goodman Theatre), Othello (Shakespeare DC). Her additional designs have been seen at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Lincoln Center, MCC, Atlantic Theater Company, Rattlestick Theater, The Women's Project, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arena Stage, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Opera Philadelphia, A.R.T, and many more. MFA: Yale University.

Matthew Richards
Lighting Design
Westport Country Playhouse: Art, Red, The Liar, A Song at Twilight, Nora, Loot, Tartuffe, Suddenly Last Summer, Dinner with Friends. Broadway: Ann. Off-Broadway: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecological Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering...(MCC Theater); Verité (Lincoln Center 3); The Killer, Tamburlaine (Theatre for a New Audience); Atlantic Theater Company; Brooklyn Academy of Music; MCC; Playwrights Horizons; Play Company; Primary Stages; Rattlestick Theater; Second Stage; TheatreworksUSA. Regional: Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Bay Street Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Ford’s Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Hangar Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Stage and Film, The Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre.  Graduate: University of Massachusetts, Yale School of Drama. matthewrichardsdesign.com.

Fitz Patton
Sound Design
Westport Country Playhouse:  And a Nightingale Sang, Intimate Apparel, Nora, and more. Broadway: An Act of God, The Humans, Blackbird, and Airline Highway, with Joe Mantello; It’s Only a Play, with Jack O'Brien. Recent Broadway: Our Mother's Brief Affair, The Other Place, Outside Mullingar, Casa Valentina (Manhattan Theatre Club); I’ll Eat You Last (The Booth). In 2016, he received a Drama Desk Award for his design for The Humans. His symphony, The Holy Land, a 45-minute work for baritone, tenor, mezzo-soprano, and orchestra, was completed in January 2014, and he is the founder of Chance Magazine, a theater design magazine.

Louis Colaianni
Dialect Coach
Westport Country Playhouse:  Broken Glass, Suddenly Last Summer, The Circle.  Broadway:  Vocal coach, You’re Welcome, America. Off-Broadway: Dialect coach, Emotional Creature, Little Flower of East Orange. Regional: Voice-text director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; voice, text, dialect coach, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Film: Dialect coach, Hyde Park on Hudson, Miles Ahead, St. Vincent. Television: Red Oaks, Amazon Prime, You’re Welcome, America, HBO. Author: The Joy of Phonetics and Accents, How to Speak Shakespeare. Visiting Associate Professor, Yale School of Drama.

Michael Rossmy
Fight Director
Westport Country Playhouse: Art, Red, Broken Glass, The Liar, Nora, Room Service, Harbor, Loot, A Raisin in the Sun, Tartuffe, Into the Woods. Broadway:  A Tale of Two Cities.  Regional: Yale Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Primary Stages, Delaware REP, Red Bull Theater, SoHo Repertory Theatre, The MUNY, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Public Theater, Huntington Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Metropolitan Opera, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Rattlestick Theater, Pace University, Cherry Lane Theatre, Smith Street Stage, and others. Michael is a faculty member at the Yale School of Drama where he teaches Stage Combat, and is also the Stage Combat Supervisor for all undergraduate productions at Yale College.

Karen White
Props Master

Tara Rubin Casting 
Casting
Fourth Season at Westport Country Playhouse.  Selected Broadway: Falsettos (upcoming), Miss Saigon (upcoming), Cats, School of Rock, Disaster!, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Misérables, How to Succeed.., A Little Night Music, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Guys and Dolls, Young Frankenstein, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, …Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love; Love, Loss, and What I Wore.  Regional:  Sundance Theatre Lab, Yale Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Old Globe. 
Tara Rubin CSA, Laura Schutzel CSA
Merri Sugarman CSA, Eric Woodall CSA, 
Kaitlin Shaw CSA, Lindsay Levine CSA
Claire Burke, Emma Atherton

Megan Smith
Production Stage Manager
Westport Country Playhouse:  Art, Red, Bedroom Farce, The Liar, Of Mice and Men, David Copperfield, Finian’s Rainbow, and Script in Hand playreadings of The Late Christopher Bean, The Cocktail Hour, Scotland Road, The Last Night of Ballyhoo.  Select credits: Off-Broadway: Fetch Clay, Make Man, Red Dog Howls (New York Theatre Workshop); 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 (New York Stage and Film); The Scottsboro Boys (Guthrie Theater), Williamstown Theatre Festival. Ms. Smith is a Founding Member of Blue Roses Productions. Equity member since 1999.

Shane Schnetzler
Assistant Stage Manager
Westport Country Playhouse: Bedroom Farce. Off-Broadway: The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Detroit ’67 (The Public Theater); Familiar (Playwrights Horizons); Night Is a Room, The Liquid Plain, The Old Friends (Signature Theatre); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline (Fiasco/ TFANA); Tamburlaine (TFANA); 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); The Loves of Pharaoh (BAM); I, Malvolio (New Victory Theater). 

Garrett Rollins
Assistant Stage Manager 
Westport Country Playhouse: Art, Red. Recent credits include Broadway: Our Mother's Brief Affair (Manhattan Theatre Club), Wolf Hall Parts One & Two, Wicked. 1st National Tour: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Off-Broadway: Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story. MFA in Stage Management from Columbia University; B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maine. 

Mark Lamos     
Artistic Director
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.

Westport Country Playhouse
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The Playhouse creates this relationship with the community and provides this experience in multiple ways by offering: Live theater experiences of the highest quality from May through October; educational and community engagement events and opportunities to further explore issues presented by the work on stage; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings throughout the year to deepen relationships with audiences and artists alike; the renowned Woodward Internship Program training program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations from November through April to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round. The value of the Westport Country Playhouse to all it touches is immeasurable. 

For This Production: 
Assistant Scenic Design – Tyler Hampton
Assisstant Lighting Design - Erik Herskowitz
Hair and Makeup Design - J. Jared Janas
Wardrobe Supervisor – Sarah Murphy

Special thanks to Neal Gupta for providing translation and pronunciation recordings for the Punjabi dialogue in The Invisible Hand. 


Rehearsed at Westport Country Playhouse


 


SPECIAL THANKS

Production Sponsors
Jill & Alex Dimitrief;
Judy & Scott Phares

Production Partners
David & Eunice Bigelow Foundation;
Michael Klingher & Lindsay Schine;
Johnna G. Torsone & John McKeon









 
To learn more about the benefits you or your company receive as a Playhouse Production Sponsor, please contact Director of Development Kathryn Gloor at kgloor@westportplayhouse.org or (203) 571-1131.

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