Joe Orton (1933-1967) was born in Leicester, England. After winning a scholarship to RADA in 1951, he met Kenneth Halliwell, an actor and writer seven years his senior. Halliwell would become Orton’s friend, mentor, lover, and, eventually, his murderer. Between 1964 and 1967, Orton contributed to an exciting working class culture that swept through the nation. A promiscuous and openly gay man at a time when homosexuality was actively persecuted by the police, Orton was the rising star of an "alternative British intelligentsia.” His first stage play, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, was a huge success while his second, Loot, won the coveted Evening Standard Award for Best Play. His final play was What the Butler Saw.
Westport Country Playhouse: Bedroom Farce, 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 Potential 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.
Westport Country Playhouse: Things We Do for Love, How the Other Half Loves, Children, Time of My Life, Relatively Speaking, The Drawer Boy, The Member of the Wedding. Broadway: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, A Time to Kill, Match, A Bronx Tale, A Class Act, Jekyll and Hyde (Original), The Gin Game, Come Back Little Sheba, The Rainmaker, The Sunshine Boys, Inherit the Wind, and others. Off-Broadway: Juno and the Paycock, In Masks Outrageous and Austere, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Three Tall Women, Full Gallop, Fully Committed, Ruthless, A Bronx Tale, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Irish Repertory Theatre. Awards: Drama Desk, American Theatre Wing Design Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, and Los Angeles Ovation. Other: Live from Lincoln Center, and many regional theater and opera productions.
Westport Country Playhouse: Bedroom Farce, 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.
Broadway: One Mo’ Time, The Visit (Actors Fund Benefit), Chicago (Assoc. Designer). Off-Broadway: The Trip to Bountiful, Singular Sensations, Jelly Roll!, Further Mo’. Regional: What the Butler Saw (Mark Taper Forum); Crazy for You (North Shore Music Theatre); Men’s Lives (Bay Street Theater); In the Heights, Gypsy, Spamalot (Muhlenberg). Ballet: Peter Pan (Nashville), The Nutcracker (NCSA, OBT, SBBT); Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet (SBBT). Other: Author of Lightwright.
Westport Country Playhouse: Bedroom Farce, 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!, Toys in the Attic, 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.
Westport Country Playhouse: And a Nightingale Sang; The Liar; Things We Do for Love; Tartuffe; Twelfth Night, or What You Will; The Breath of Life; How the Other Half Loves; Around the World in 80 Days. Broadway: Noises Off, Macbeth, No Man’s Land, Waiting for Godot, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arcadia, The Importance of Being Earnest, Top Girls, The Homecoming, Julius Caesar, Cymbeline, The Coast of Utopia, The Rivals, Henry IV, The Invention of Love, Ivanov, Racing Demon, Sight Unseen, The Retreat from Moscow, Tartuffe, Uncle Vanya, Night Must Fall, London Assurance, Tommy, My Fair Lady, Beauty and the Beast, Me and My Girl, Piaf, Rose, Dracula. Off-Broadway: Humble Boy, House and Garden, One Flea Spare, The Skriker, Hamlet, Fen, Moonlight, The Entertainer, No Man's Land, Kindertransport, The Road to Mecca, Cloud Nine, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. New York Shakespeare Festival: As You Like It, King Lear. Regional: Long Wharf Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Guthrie Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shakespeare Theatre D.C.
Movement & Firearms Choreographer
Westport Country Playhouse: Bedroom Farce, Things We Do for Love. Broadway: Hand to God. Off-Broadway: Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (Manhattan Theatre Club); Verité (LTC3); Hand to God (MCC Theater); 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: A Bronx Tale: The Musical (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Games Afoot (Asolo Repertory Theatre), A Skull in Connemara (New Repertory Theatre); Julius Caesar (Utah Shakespeare Festival). Opera: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chautauqua Opera. Film: The Key Man, Victoriana.
Westport Country Playhouse: 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
Fourth Season at Westport Country Playhouse. Selected Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (upcoming), A Bronx Tale (upcoming), 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, 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, Emma Atherton
Production Stage Manager
Westport Country Playhouse: The Invisible Hand, 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.
Assistant Stage Manager
Westport Country Playhouse: Broken Glass (ASM); The Liar (ASM); Loot (ASM); Tick, Tick… Boom! (ASM); former intern. PSM for Shakespeare on the Sound’s Hamlet in Rowayton, CT. Selected NYC credits: Sojourners (ASM, Playwrights Realm); Lives of the Saints (ASM, Primary Stages); John (PSM, Signature Theatre); John, Particle of Dread, And I and Silence (ASM, Signature Theatre); Too Much Sun (ASM, Vineyard Theatre); The Happiest Song Plays Last (ASM, 2ST); Phoebe in Winter (ASM, Clubbed Thumb); A Dream Play, The Dumbwaiter (SM, National Asian American Theatre Company); These Seven Sicknesses (Co-SM, The Flea); Nymph Errant (ASM, Prospect Theater Company).
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 – Adam Rigg
Assistant Costume Design –
Assistant Lighting Design –
Assistant Sound Design – Christopher Peifer
Wardrobe Supervisor – Sarah Murphy
Scenic Artist – Michael Leon
Production Assistant – Katherine Hustmyre
Rehearsed at Westport Country Playhouse