Clea Alsip, Ross Bickell, Patch Darragh and More Join Westport Country Playhouse's MARY, MARY Reading; Cast Announced!

Casting is announced for the Script in Hand playreading of "Mary, Mary," a witty romantic comedy about a marriage gone hilariously awry, at Westport Country Playhouse, on Monday, February 10, 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. The play is written by Jean Kerr and directed by Anne Keefe.

Actors in the comedic story are Clea Alsip (Westport Country Playhouse's "The Show-Off"; Long Wharf Theatre's "The Killing of Sister George"; currently in the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl's "Stage Kiss") as Tiffany Richards; Ross Bickell (Broadway's "Noises Off," "The Iceman Cometh," "A Few Good Men"; Off-Broadway's "The Crucible"; over 200 regional Theater Productions; film "The Fighter") as Oscar Nelson; Geneva Carr (Westport Country Playhouse's "Relatively Speaking," "Time of My Life," "How the Other Half Loves," and several Script in Hand playreadings; Off-Broadway's "Hand to God") as Mary McKellaway; Patch Darragh (Broadway transfer of Westport Country Playhouse's "Our Town"; Off-Broadway's "The Glass Menagerie"; film "Hope Springs"; recurring roles on "Boardwalk Empire") as Bob McKellaway; and Robert Eli (Westport Country Playhouse's "The Show-Off," and Script in Hand playreading of "Mister Roberts"; Broadway's "Tartuffe"; Long Wharf Theatre and Hartford Stage's "Bell, Book and Candle") as Dirk Winston.

"Mary, Mary" is a comedy about recently divorced Mary and Bob, who meet to sort out some tax matters when a Valentine's Day snowstorm traps them in his apartment with three others: their lawyer, a handsome film hero, and Bob's young and wealthy fiancé.

Playwright Jean Collins Kerr (1923-2003) had a knack for finding wry humor in the worlds of marriage, suburbia, and show business. Her novel "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (1957) was made into a movie (1960) and a television series (1965-67). Among her plays are "Mary, Mary" (1961), "Poor Richard" (1964), "Finishing Touches" (1973), and "Lunch Hour" (1980). She was the wife of Walter Kerr, Broadway theater critic.

Director Anne Keefe served as artistic director of Westport Country Playhouse with JoAnne Woodward in 2008, and as associate artistic director from 2000-2006, also with Ms. Woodward. She co-directed with Ms. Woodward the Westport Country Playhouse production of "David Copperfield," and directed many Script in Hand playreadings.

Script in Hand sponsors are Marc and Michele Flaster; Script in Hand partners are Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler. The series is supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

An upcoming Script in Hand playreading will be the provocative spy thriller, "Pack of Lies" by Hugh Whitemore, on Monday, February 10, 7 p.m. A nice, middle-aged British couple is asked by Scotland Yard to use their house as an observation station to try and foil a Soviet spy ring operating in the area. They are put to the test with the suggestion that the spies may be their neighbors and best friends.

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