The 2022 season
For our first, full, in-person season after the COVID interruption, we welcomed audiences home to the Playhouse with five stories of triumph, family, and hope. Stories of fathers, mothers, grandparents, daughters, and sons rendered in song, dialogue, movement, and stagecraft.
“The whole season is about family — every family. We invite you to engage with these diverse families on our stage and appreciate how they resonate with you and your own.” — Mark Lamos, Playhouse Artistic Director
Next to Normal
April 5 – 23
This 2009 Tony Award®-winning hit musical and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama gives a groundbreaking look at a family in crisis, while pushing the boundaries of contemporary musical theater. From the director/choreographer of the Playhouse’s 2019 hit, In the Heights.
music by Tom Kitt
book + lyrics by Brian Yorkey
directed + choreographed by Marcos Santana
Straight White Men
May 24 – June 11
It’s Christmas Eve, and Ed has invited his three grown sons back home for pranks, Chinese takeout, and gossip. In between the male bonding rituals, dance moves, and deep thoughts about money, work, and ambition, we just might find out what makes these men tick… or maybe not? Don’t miss this alternately hilarious and thought-provoking satire by Young Jean Lee, the first Asian-American woman to have a play produced on Broadway (Straight White Men in 2018.)
by Young Jean Lee
directed by Mark Lamos
July 5 – 17
Mr. Kim (Appa) is a first-generation Korean immigrant and proud owner of a Toronto variety store. Kim’s Convenience is his life, his livelihood, and he is desperate for his daughter Janet to take over the store, but she has other plans. Fall in love with this family on the hilarious journey each generation takes to live out their dreams.
by Ins Choi
directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III
Aug 23 – Sep 4
After completing a cross-country bike trip, 21-year-old Leo makes an unplanned visit to his feisty 91-year-old grandmother Vera in her rent-controlled Greenwich Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately find each other. Finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the 2012 Obie Award for Best New American Play.
by Amy Herzog
directed by David Kennedy
From the Mississippi Delta
Oct 18 – 30
This Pulitzer Prize-nominated play traces the story of one woman’s triumphant journey out of a difficult childhood in Mississippi through the civil rights movement and beyond, offering us a gripping tale depicting perseverance, growth, and the resilience of the human spirit.
a dramatic biography by Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland
directed by Goldie E. Patrick
Script in Hand playreadings
Actors, audience, and the director come together to create a special, one-night-only experience.
Murder by Misadventure
by Edward Taylor
by Colman Domingo
music by Simon Gray
lyrics by Raymond Bokhour
book by David Bridel
by David Lindsay-Abaire
by Joshua Harmon
An unforgettable evening featuring a high-energy concert of Broadway, pop, and soul with Hamilton’s Renée Elise Goldsberry. The evening was hosted by Connecticut native and three-time Tony nominee Robin de Jesús, fresh from his role opposite Andrew Garfield in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut, tick, tick… BOOM! Attendees enjoyed delicious food, specialty cocktails, raffle prizes, exciting auction items, an after-party with a DJ and dancing — all while providing generous philanthropic support to the Playhouse.
Westport Country Playhouse Radio Theater
December 24 – January 2, 2023
The best ghost story ever told; now a holiday tradition, this radio play was produced and first broadcast in 2020. Through the magic of radio, we bring to life the greatest miser of all time, Ebenezer Scrooge; the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future; and along the way we find the true spirit of Christmas.
A Merry Little Christmas
written and directed by Mark Shanahan
based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens