2016 – 2017 61st Season
Westport Community Theatre is pleased to announce our 2016 – 2017 season – our 61st! We’d like to thank all of the directors who submitted this year – it made the playreading committee’s job extremely difficult! The 2016 – 2017 season is:
September 16 – October 2, 2016: Camping with Henry and Tom, by Mark St. Germain – directed by Ruth Anne Baumgartner. We’re opening the season with the perfect play for this election year, based on a true event… It’s 1921, and Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and President Warren G. Harding are on a camping trip in the Maryland woods. After an accidental encounter with a deer, the men are stranded and left to their own resources. Friendly banter turns to anger and a dramatic clash of great minds in which the future of the country is at stake.
“Witty, elegant, and enormously entertaining.” – NY Daily News
November 25 – December 11, 2016: Witness For The Prosecution, by Agatha Christie – directed by Tom Rushen. Leonard Vole stands accused of murder. His wife can prove can prove his innocence, but when she takes the stand she denies his alibi. Can he escape the hangman’s noose? Agatha Christie’s most celebrated courtroom drama.
“Packs plenty of surprise in its cargo of suspense.” – Daily Mirror
February 10 – 26, 2017: Doubt: A Parable, by John Patrick Shanley – directed by Kevin Pelkey. Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.
“The play is set in 1964 but could not be more timely… Doubt is a lean, potent drama… passionate, exquisite, important and engrossing.” – NY Newsday
April 7 – 23, 2017: Moon Over the Brewery, by Bruce Graham – directed by Dan Friedman. 13-year-old Amanda lives with Miriam, her unmarried mom, who works as a waitress. Amanda has an imaginary friend, Randolph, who appears only to her and provides mischievous advice as they conspire to drive away any boyfriends Miriam brings home. But then Miriam brings home Warren, a mailman, who is able to turn the tables on them… A gently humorous coming-of-age story by the author of the critically play The Outgoing Tide.
“Moon Over The Brewery shines brightly”… Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 9 – 25, 2017: The 39 Steps, by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan – directed by Donna McLaughlin Wyant. A man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon a mysterious organization called The 39 Steps is hot on the man’s trail in a cross-country chase that climaxes in a death-defying finale. A takeoff on the classic Hitchcock film with nonstrop laughs and over 150 zany characters. Winner of the 2007 Olivier Award for “Best New Comedy.”
Frenetic, thriller spoof… indomitably funny” – The New York Times