Meet the Creative Team
Renowned English playwright of considerable range who moved easily from farce to the portrayal of human anguish. A graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, his first great theatrical success was Five Finger Exercise, which opened in London in 1960 and established his reputation almost overnight. Once Great Britain’s National Theatre opened in 1963, all of Shaffer’s subsequent work was created in its service. One of his most famous plays, Equus, won numerous awards, including a 1975 Tony Award for best play, and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. Equus ran on Broadway for more than 1,000 performances, and was revived in 2008 in a run starring Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame. Amadeus, another successful play, followed in 1979, winning the Evening Standard Drama Award and the Theatre Critics’ Award in London; it later won the 1981 Tony Award for best play on Broadway. Many of Shaffer’s plays have been adapted into successful films — most notably Amadeus in 1984, which won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He was knighted in 2001.
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 Madam 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. In October 2016, he was the recipient of the John Houseman Award.
Tony Award and two time Obie Award winner, designed for Joseph Papp, Garland Wright at the Guthrie Theater and Des McAnuff at La Jolla Playhouse and on Broadway. Broadway designs include: The Who’s TOMMY (Tony Award), How to Succeed in Business; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Sacrilege, Tommy Tune’s productions of Best Little Whore House Goes Public and Grease; Sex and Longing; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia; Fortune’s Fool; The Full Monty; Marlene; The Deep Blue Sea; Lone Star/Pvt Wars; Patio/Porch; Minnelli on Minnelli; The Best Man; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan and Lennon the Musical.
Originally from Liverpool, England, Ms. Greenwood was educated at the Central School of Arts in London. She has designed for theatre, opera, dance and film, including over 125 productions for Broadway since Ballad Of The Sad Café in 1963. Recent credits: Long Days Journey Into Night, Little Foxes, Thérèse Raquin, The Sound of Music National Tour, You Can't Take It With You, Act One, Harvey, The House of Blue Leaves, Driving Miss Daisy, and Million Dollar Quartet. Awards for costume design include the Irene Sharaff Award, as well as 18 Tony Award nominations and a Lifetime Achievement Tony. She is also in the Theatre Hall of Fame. Professor of Design at the Yale School of Drama since 1976.
Philip S. Rosenberg
Broadway credits include The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and It’s Only a Play. Off Broadway credits include The Ruins of Civilization, The Explorer’s Club and Cactus Flower. Regional credits include productions with: Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Ford's Theatre, Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, Huntington Theatre, Portland Stage Company, TACT, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Company, Hartford Stage, George Street Playhouse and Westport Country Playhouse.
Westport Country Playhouse: A Song at Twilight, Harbor; Twelfth Night; Lips Together ; Beyond Therapy; Happy Days, Of Mice and Men; The Archbishop’s Ceiling; Journey’s End; Dear Brutus. Broadway: More than 35 productions including The Elephant Man, The Trip to Bountiful (Tony nomination), The Columnist, Clybourne Park, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (Drama Desk Award), The Road to Mecca, Man and Boy, Seminar, Next Fall, Proof, Sight Unseen, Dividing the Estate, Prelude to a Kiss, A Bronx Tale, Rabbit Hole, Twelve Angry Men, A Few Good Men, more. Gromada has composed many scores for Hartford Stage productions, including Horton Foote's epic Orphans' Home Cycle (Drama Desk and Henry Hewes Awards), and Michael Wilson's A Christmas Carol. Long Wharf Theatre: Meteor Shower, The Second Mrs. Wilson, many more. Other New York: Ripcord, Dada Woof Papa Hot, Old Hats, Satchmo at the Waldorf, Incident at Vichy, Measure for Measure (Delacorte), Vera Stark, The Screwtape Letters, Shipwrecked!... (Lucille Lortel Award), The Grand Manner, Buffalo Gal, Black Tie, more. Public Theater: The Singing Forest, Henry V, Julius Caesar, The Skriker (Drama Desk Award), Machinal (Obie Award), more. Television and film: Lifetime movie adaptation of The Trip to Bountiful, Showing Roots, The Interrogators (Biography). Other Awards: Eddy, Drama-logue, NEA Opera/Music Theatre Fellowship, ASCAP awards. www.johngromada.com
Westport Country Playhouse: Camelot, What the Butler Saw, The Invisible Hand, Broken Glass, Bedroom Farce, 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: The School for Scandal, ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Red Bull Theater); Rimbaud in New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music/ The Civilians); Petrol Station (New York University); 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); Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre); The Chocolate Show, Craving for Travel, I Call My Brothers. Opera: L’Enfant et les Sortileges and Persee et Andromede (Manhattan School of Music); 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).
Tara Rubin Casting
Fifth Season at Westport Country Playhouse. Selected Broadway: Indecent, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Falsettos, Miss Saigon, 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, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, …Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love; Old Jews Telling Jokes; 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,CSA Felicia Rudolph, CSA
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
Westport Country Playhouse: What the Butler Saw, The Invisible Hand, Art, Red, Bedroom Farce, The Liar, Of Mice and Men, David Copperfield, Finian’s Rainbow, and Script in Hand playreadings of Lunch Hour, 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: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Baltimore Center Stage); 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.
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Westport Country Playhouse debut. Broadway: Beautiful. National Tours: Beautiful (1st National.) New York: Vineyard Theatre, Soho Rep, New York Philharmonic, The Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall. Regional: Berkshire Theatre Group, Yale Rep, MUNY, Opera Omaha, San Antonio Opera, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Cirque du Soleil and others. MFA: Yale School of Drama.
Michael Barker joined Westport Country Playhouse in September 2016 from Mill Valley, CA, where he was the managing director of Marin Theatre Company. Previously, Barker was general manager of Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA, and managing director for the Los Angeles classical theater ensemble The Antaeus Company. Before moving to California, Barker was associate managing director at Yale Repertory Theatre and managing director of Yale Summer Cabaret, where he produced the first annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays. He was Seattle Repertory Theatre’s 2008 Managing Director Fellow. Barker holds an MFA in theater management from Yale School of Drama and an MBA from Yale School of Management. At Yale, he was the recipient of the Daniel and Helene Sheehan Scholarship for theater management and a Kosciusko Scholarship for outstanding students of Polish descent. He currently serves as vice president of the board of the Yale School of Management Alumni Association. Prior to graduate school, he was associate director of marketing for Court Theatre in Chicago, and also worked with Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Sansculottes Theater Company, and The Playground Theater.
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, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos, 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
DIRECTING FELLOW — Taylor Haven Holt
ASSISTANT SCENIC DESIGN — Daniel T. Willis
ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGN — Dan Urlie
ASSISTANT LIGHTING DESIGN — Kelly Martin
WARDROBE SUPERVISOR — Lisa Ficco
SCENIC ARTIST — Nickolas D'Annunzio
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT — Joshua Hornback
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