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Playwright A.R. Gurney & WCP's Mark Lamos | Love & Money

Moderated by David Kennedy, WCP's Associate Artistic Director
July 26, 2015




Playwright A.R. Gurney
A.R. (“Pete”) Gurney has been writing plays for many years. Best known are The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, and Sylvia. A new play, Family Furniture, was recently produced at the Flea Theater while two revivals, The Wayside Motor Inn and What I Did Last Summer, found new life at the Signature Theatre. Gurney has received several awards for the body of his work and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Theatre Hall of Fame. His website is argurney.com.


Director Mark Lamos
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.

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