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New Works Circle Initiative 2018

In 2018 the Playhouse will conduct five play readings of new works. 

March — Click by Jacqueline Goldfinger follows a group of college students involved in a campus rape that goes viral and explores the impact of technology on shaping and altering our very identities

June — Torera by Monet Hurst-Mendoza about two young Mexicans, separated by class and gender but who share the dream of becoming world-famous matadors

TBD — All You Could Ask For by Steve Greenberg and Scott Schwarz, a tender and insightful story of friendship and love, heartbreak and renewal, played out in the lives of three unforgettable women.

We will also be giving Thousand Pines an additional workshop ahead of its Fall 2018 premiere.

Finally, we have committed to co-hosting a workshop reading of Minor Fantastical Kingdoms by Michael Gotch, directed by Mark Lamos. Minor Fantastical Kingdoms will feature members of the Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware (where playwright Gotch is an ensemble member) and will be hosted in conjunction with rehearsals of our co-production of A Flea in Her Ear.


What is the New Works Circle?

Home to 43 World Premiere productions since its inception, Westport Country Playhouse has a long history of nurturing playwrights and creating new work. 

The New Works Circle is a fund developed for the purpose of supporting new work. The supporters of this fund form a group of members who share an excitement and investment in bringing new work to the Playhouse. 

What does the New Works Circle fund?

Provides the Playhouse the ability to annually produce:

  • Two new play workshops
  • Four new play readings
  • Funds that will allow the Playhouse to produce one new play each season

What is included in a New Works Circle Membership?

Exclusive invitations to:

  • Annual New Works Circle trip to new play festival
  • New Works Circle Dinners
  • Workshops and play readings
  • Opening night of world premiere productions
  • First rehearsals of new plays

Plus:

  • Quarterly New Work E-newsletter 
  • Dedicated web  page listing Founding and annual members
  • Special program recognition during the 5-Play Season
  • New Work Fund recognized on title page of new plays produced at the Playhouse and in programs for readings 

How do I become a member of the New Works Circle?

Each New Works Circle member provides an annual gift for the fund. For information about the nature of this gift, or to inquire about membership, please contact Carole Southall at csouthall@westportplayhouse.org


A Special Thank You to our Founding Members:

Howard J. Aibel
Stephen Corman
Ania Czekaj-Farber
Sandra & Neil DeFeo
Kate & Bob Devlin
Michele & Marc Flaster
Susan Jacobson & David Moskovitz
Judy & Scott Phares
Barbara & John Samuelson
Barbara & John Streicker
Johnna G. Torsone & John McKeon