Marc Kudisch to Lead Westport Country Playhouse¬'s TARTUFFE This July


Three-time Tony Award-nominated actor Marc Kudisch will play the title role in Westport Country Playhouse's July staging of Molière's "Tartuffe," directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director.  Mark Nelson will play Orgon, Nadia Bowers is cast as Elmire, and Patricia Conolly will portray Madame Pernelle. Others in the cast are Justin Adams, Chrissy Albanese,Matthew Amendt, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Jeremy Lawrence, William Peden, Jeanine Serralles, and Charise Castro Smith. 

"I can't wait to get in a room with this extraordinary cast and this play, one of my favorites and one of the greatest, most perceptive comedies in the canon," said Kennedy.  "Molière was a student of human nature and crafted from his observations some of our most enduring social satires. That's why we keep coming back to his plays again and again-because not only are they wildly funny, but they're deeply, even painfully true."  

Marc Kudisch's Broadway credits are "9 to 5" (Tony, Drama Desk Awards nominations), "The Apple Tree," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (Tony, Outer Critic Circle Awards nominations),  "Assassins" (Drama Desk Award nomination), "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle Award nominations), "Bells Are Ringing," "The Wild Party," "The Scarlet Pimpernel (3.0)," "High Society," "Beauty and the Beast," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and most recently, "A Minister's Wife" at Lincoln Center Theater, and television's "Smash."

Mark Nelson's recent credits include "My Name Is Asher Lev" at Long Wharf Theatre.  He appeared on Broadway in "The Invention of Love," "After the Fall," "Three Sisters" and "A Few Good Men," and played Einstein in Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile"(Obie Award).

Nadia Bowers' Broadway credits include "The Farnsworth Invention," "Doubt," and "Metamorphosis." She has appeared Off-Broadway in "Julius Caesar" at The Public Theater. Regionally, she was in "Tartuffe" at San Diego's LaJolla Playhouse.

Patricia Conolly previously appeared at Westport Country Playhouse in "Outward Bound," directed by Doug Hughes.  Her Broadway credits include "Is He Dead?," "Enchanted April," "Waiting in the Wings," "The Sound of Music," "The Circle," "Judgment at Nuremberg," and "A Small Family Business."

Justin Adams (Damis) appeared in "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" with The Acting Company.  Regional theater credits include the title roles in "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 and 2," "The Rainmaker," "Amadeus," and "Hamlet."

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