Meet the Creative Team
C. P. Taylor
C.P. (Cecil Philip) Taylor, author of more than 70 plays, was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1929. He spent his last 20 years in Northumberland, in Newcastle-on-Tyne. There he wrote many plays for young audiences and was closely associated with the Live Theatre Company for which he wrote And a Nightingale Sang (1977). He also wrote Bring Me Smiles and Good. In 1981, C.P. Taylor died suddenly at the age of 52.
Director/Associate Artistic Director
Westport Country Playhouse: 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.
Lisa Gajda and Mary Ann Lamb
Choreographers: Long Island Film Festival, Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Grand Prix Finalist, Fineline Theater Arts Youth Ballet Company, Coupé Youth Ballet, Molloy College Christmas Show, Peridance Certificate Program. Film: Sleepers. Associate Choreographers: Worked with Casey Nicholaw (Tuck Everlasting); JoAnn Hunter (Harmony, Oliver!), Susan Misner (The Shape She Makes); Lorin Latarro (Rocky Horror, And the World Goes Round); and Tyce Diorio (Sweet Smell of Success). Performers: 28 Broadway shows; 13 NYC Encore Productions; numerous regional theaters, national tours, films, TV, and commercials.
Westport Country Playhouse: The Liar, Nora. Selected other credits include: Old Paper Houses (Irondale Ensemble Project); Sisyphus (Experiments in Opera at Abrons Art Center); All That Dies and Rises (M-34); Rapture, Blister, Burn (The Wilma Theater); Jen Shyu’s Solo Rites: Seven Breaths (Roulette);The Last Days of Mankind (Bard College, Fisher Center for the Performing Arts); Chorus of All Souls (Experiments in Opera at Abrons Art Center); My Friend's Story (International Festival of Arts and Ideas); American Night: The Ballad of Juan José (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Princess Plays 2&1 (New Haven, site specific project). Yale School of Drama MFA, Princess Grace Theatre Fellowship: Pierre Cardin Award, 2013. www.kristenrobinsondesign.com
Westport Country Playhouse: Intimate Apparel, Oblivion. Michael Krass grew up in New Canaan. Nineteen Broadway shows include Living on Love, Machinal (2014 Tony nomination), The Lyons, The Constant Wife (2007 Tony nomination), Charlie Brown, After Miss Julie, Reckless, Twelve Angry Men. He has designed world premieres by Edward Albee, John Guare, Christopher Durang, Kenny Lonergan, Theresa Rebeck, Nicky Silver, Sarah Treem, and worked in many American regional theaters. Opera: Pelleas and Melisande in St. Petersburg, Russia. He teaches in the graduate school at Brown. This work is dedicated to Ron and Nancy Russell-Tutty, with thanks.
Westport Country Playhouse: The Liar, A Song at Twilight, Nora, Loot, Tartuffe, Suddenly Last Summer, Dinner with Friends. Broadway: Ann. Off-Broadway: 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; 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.
Westport Country Playhouse: Intimate Apparel, Nora, Loot, Tartuffe, Suddenly Last Summer, Dinner with Friends. Broadway: An Act of God and Airline Highway, with Joe Mantello; It’s Only a Play, with Jack O'Brien. Recent Broadway: The Other Place, Outside Mullingar, Casa Valentina (Manhattan Theatre Club); I’ll Eat You Last (The Booth). In 2010 he was awarded Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards for his design for When the Rain Stops Falling at Lincoln Center and was nominated again in 2011 for his work on The Other Place at MCC. 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 new theater design magazine that debuted last summer.
Westport Country Playhouse: The Liar, Intimate Apparel, Things We Do for Love, Nora, Sing for Your Shakespeare, Room Service, The Show-Off. Off-Broadway: 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); ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Red Bull Theater); Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre); The Chocolate Show, Craving for Travel, I Call My Brothers. Opera: 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); Armide, Hansel and Gretel, Monsieur Choufleuri (Juilliard Opera Center).
Westport Country Playhouse: 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: 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.
Tara Rubin Casting
Third Season at Westport Country Playhouse. Selected Broadway: Dr. Zhivago; It Shoulda Been You; Gigi; Aladdin; Les Misérables; Bullets Over Broadway; Big Fish; Mothers and Sons; The Heiress; Ghost; One Man, Two Guvnors (US Casting); Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway; How to Succeed..; Promises, Promises; A Little Night Music; Billy Elliot; Shrek; Guys and Dolls; The Farnsworth Invention; Young Frankenstein; The Little Mermaid; Mary Poppins; My Fair Lady; Pirate Queen; Spamalot; Jersey Boys; …Spelling Bee; The Producers; Mamma Mia!; The Phantom of the Opera; Contact. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love; Old Jews Telling Jokes; Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Sundance Theatre Lab, Yale Repertory Theatre, Kennedy Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe.
Tara Rubin CSA, Laura Schutzel CSA
Eric Woodall CSA, Merri Sugarman CSA
Kaitlin Shaw CSA, Lindsay Levine CSA
Scott Anderson, Elizabeth Auwaerter
Marcie A. Friedman
Production Stage Manager
National Tour: The Acting Company, Kennedy Center’s Nobody’s Perfect, a musical for children that was simultaneously sung in American Sign Language and open captioned. Select New York credits: Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theatre Club workshop), Scandalous (5th Avenue Theatre workshop), Born Bad (Soho Rep), 50 Words (MCC Theater), NYMF, NAMT, 4 seasons with Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Midsummer Night Swing. Select Regional: Philadelphia Orchestra, Media Theatre, Vermont Shakespeare Company, Human Race Theatre Company, two seasons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and four seasons with the People's Light & Theatre Company. Proud member Actors' Equity Association.
Assistant Stage Manager
Broadway: Venus in Fur (Manhattan Theatre Club). Off-Broadway: HIM (Primary Stages); Measure for Measure, JUMP, In the Wake, The Winter’s Tale, The Brother/Sister Plays (The Public Theater). Regional: Bernstein’s Mass (Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra); Baskerville, The Winter’s Tale, Herringbone, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Twelfth Night, The Brother/Sister Plays (McCarter Theatre); Camelot (Two River Theater); June Moon, The Visit (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Somewhere (Hartford Stage); The Playboy of the Western World (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Avenue Q, Next to Normal (Adirondack Theatre Festival); Barefoot in the Park (Bucks County Playhouse). Education: The Theatre School at DePaul University.
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.
Ross enters his seventh season as managing director of Westport Country Playhouse. From 2002 to 2008, he was managing director of Center Stage in Baltimore, the award-winning State Theater of Maryland. Previously, Ross was managing director of Long Wharf Theatre (1997-2002), where he was on the producing team for the commercial transfer of the Pulitzer Prize winner, Wit. He was general manager, and business and box office manager at Hartford Stage (1986-1996). Ross served as program officer/project director at National Arts Stabilization, and worked with Baltimore Opera Company and Alley Theater, Houston. Ross has consulted in fundraising, board development, executive search, and strategic planning for theaters nationwide, including Kansas City Repertory Theatre, SITI Company, Wilma Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and Everyman Theatre. He has been a panelist for programs hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, and New England Foundation for the Arts, among others, and was an adjunct professor in The Yale University School of Drama Theater Management Program. He currently serves on the Board of the Burry Fredrik Foundation.
Westport Country Playhouse
Westport Country Playhouse is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, professional theater under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos and management leadership of Michael Ross. The Playhouse creates five live theater experiences, produced at the highest level, from May through October. Its vital mix of works---dramatic, comedic, occasionally exploratory and unusual---expands the audience’s sense of what theater can be. The depth and scope of its productions display the foremost theatrical literature from the past---recent as well as distant---in addition to musicals and premieres of new plays. In 2013, the Playhouse was named “Theater Company of the Year” by The Wall Street Journal. During the summer, the Playhouse is home to the Woodward Internship Program, renowned for the training of aspiring theater professionals. Winter at the Playhouse, from November through March, offers events outside of the main season---Family Festivities presentations, and Script in Hand playreadings. In addition, businesses and organizations are encouraged to rent the handsome facility for their meetings, receptions, and fundraisers. As an historic venue, Westport Country Playhouse has had many different lives leading up to the present. Originally built in 1835 as a tannery manufacturing hatters’ leathers, it became a steam-powered cider mill in 1880, later to be abandoned in the 1920s. Splendidly transformed into a theater in 1931, it initially served as a try-out house for Broadway transfers, evolving into an established stop on the New England straw hat circuit of summer stock theaters through the end of the 20th century. Following a multi-million dollar renovation completed in 2005, the Playhouse became a state-of-the-art producing theater, preserving its original charm and character. Today, the not-for-profit Westport Country Playhouse serves as a cultural resource for patrons, artists, and students, and is a treasure for the State of Connecticut. There are no boundaries to the creative thinking for future seasons or the kinds of audiences and excitement for theater that Westport Country Playhouse can build.
For This Production
Assistant Scenic Designer – Carmen Martinez
Assistant Costume Designer: Isabelle Coler
Music Consultant - Rick Hip-Flores
Weston High School Apprentice – Brendan Mulcahey
Staples High School Apprentice - Isabel Perry
Greenwich Academy Apprentice - Charlotte Stone
Rehearsed at Roundabout Rehearsal Studios
||Johnna G. Torsone & John McKeon
||Eunice & David Bigelow Foundation