Westport Country Playhouse Hosts Two Script in Hand Readings 10/4, 11/15

Westport Country Playhouse Hosts Two Script in Hand Readings 10/4, 11/15

Westport Country Playhouse's popular Script in Hand Series will feature two autumn playreadings, Alan Ayckbourn's hilarious "Bedroom Farce" on Monday, October 4, 7 p.m., and Noël Coward's bittersweet "A Song at Twilight" on Monday, November 15, 7 p.m. Tickets to the one-night-only events are $15.

"Bedroom Farce" will reunite Playhouse audience favorites Geneva Carr, Carson Elrod, Cecilia Hart, Karen Walsh, James Waterston and Paxton Whitehead, who have starred in one or more of the three Ayckbourn comedies that were smash hits on The Playhouse stage, "Relatively Speaking," "Time of My Life" and "How the Other Half Loves." Mark Shanahan, another popular Playhouse regular, will also be in the cast. More casting for both readings will be announced soon.

"The possibility of getting this group of actors, who have delighted our audiences so often with their rendering of Alan Ayckbourn's whacky characters, was just too delicious to pass up," said Anne Keefe, curator of the Script in Hand Series and Playhouse artistic advisor. "And they love performing at The Playhouse as much as we love having them on our stage, so it worked out perfectly."

Alan Ayckbourn's "Bedroom Farce" is about Trevor and Susannah, whose marriage is on the rocks. The pair inflicts their miseries on their nearest and dearest, three couples whose own relationships are tenuous at best. Taking place sequentially in the three beleaguered couples' bedrooms during one endless Saturday night of co-dependence and dysfunction, beds, tempers and domestic order are ruffled, leading all The Players to a hilariously touching epiphany. A long-running hit in London and New York, the London Times said the play is "as funny as anything he [Ayckbourn] has written."

Geneva Carr appeared Off-Broadway at Theater for the New City, Manhattan Theatre Club, Naked Angels and in "Betty's Summer Vacation" at Playwrights Horizons.

Carson Elrod was on Broadway in "Reckless" and "Noises Off." Off-Broadway, he received a Drama League Award nomination for "Based on a Totally True Story."

Cecilia Hart appeared on Broadway in "Design for Living," "Othello," "Dirty Linen" (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award nomination), "The Heiress" and "Macbeth."

Mark Shanahan appeared at Westport Country Playhouse in "Around the World in 80 Days," "Tryst," "Sedition," "David Copperfield," "Journey's End" and numerous readings. New York credits include "The 39 Steps."

Karen Walsh was in Broadway's "Accent on Youth," "Pygmalion" and "Prelude to a Kiss." Off-Broadway, she appeared in "Suddenly Last Summer" at Roundabout Theatre.

James Waterston's New York theater credits include "The Importance of Being Earnest" for BAM and "As You Like It" for New York Shakespeare Festival, directed by Mark Lamos.

Paxton Whitehead was on Broadway in "Absurd Person Singular," "My Fair Lady" (Helen Hayes Award), "Noises Off" (Drama Desk Award), "Camelot" (Tony Award nomination), "Candida" and "Beyond the Fringe," among others.

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