Geneva Carr, Frank Converse Lead WCP's Morning's at Seven Reading 2/13


Casting is announced for "Morning's at Seven," a Script in Hand play reading of the Tony Award-winning comedy by Paul Osborn, at Westport Country Playhouse, on Monday, February 13, 7 p.m. Tickets to the one-night-only event are $15.

The cast includes Geneva Carr, Frank Converse, Mia Dillon, Keir Dullea, Beth Fowler, Edward Herrmann, Lisbeth Mackay, Maria Tucci and Stephen Wallem.

Geneva Carr (playing Myrtle Brown) was in Westport Country Playhouse's "Relatively Speaking," "Time of My Life" and "How the Other Half Loves." Off-Broadway, she will appear in "Hand to God," opening in late February. She was in the North American Tour of "The Vagina Monologues." Her films include "It's Complicated"; television includes "The Good Wife" and "The Onion News Network."

Frank Converse (Thor Swanson) appeared at Westport Country Playhouse in "Real Estate," "Later Life," "Camping with Henry and Tom," "Ancestral Voices" and "Our Town." On Broadway, he was in the Broadway transfer of "Our Town"; Lincoln Center's revival of "The Philadelphia Story"; and Circle in the Square's revivals of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Design for Living." Off-Broadway, he was in "House of Blue Leaves."

Mia Dillon (Cora Swanson) was in Westport Country Playhouse's "Our Town," "Angel Street," "Speed-the-Plow," "Return Engagements" and "Once a Catholic." On Broadway, she appeared in "Our Town," "The Miser," "The Corn Is Green," "Hay Fever," "Crimes of the Heart" (Tony Award nomination, Clarence Derwent Award), "Once a Catholic" (Drama Desk Award nomination), "Agnes of God" and "Da."

Keir Dullea (Carl Bolton) performed at Westport Country Playhouse in "Star-Spangled Girl" and "Butterflies Are Free." He has starred in 24 films, including Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," and won a Golden Globe Award for "David & Lisa." Broadway credits include the transfer from Westport Country Playhouse of "Butterflies Are Free"; "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Doubles." In 1983 Dullea co-founded the Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport.

Beth Fowler (Ida Bolton) appeared at Westport Country Playhouse in "Dear Brutus," "The Immigrant" and "David Copperfield." On Broadway, she was in "The Boy from Oz" (Tony Award nomination), "Beauty and the Beast" (created Mrs. Potts on Broadway and in L.A. - Ovation Award) and "Sweeney Todd" (1989 revival, Tony Award nomination). She had starring roles in revivals of "Bells Are Ringing," "Take Me Along" and "Peter Pan," and was in the original casts of "Baby" and "A Little Night Music." Films include "Sister Act."

Edward Herrmann (David Crampton) was at Westport Country Playhouse in "A Holiday Garland." Broadway credits include "Plenty" (Tony Award nomination) and "Mrs. Warren's Profession" (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award nomination). Film includes "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Nixon" and "The Aviator." Television appearances include "St. Elsewhere" (Emmy Award nomination), "The Practice" (Emmy Award) and "Eleanor and Franklin" (Emmy Award nomination).

Lizbeth MacKay (Aaronetta 'Arry' Gibbs) made her Broadway debut in "Othello." She made her Off-Broadway debut in the role of Lenny Magrath in "Crimes of the Heart," went on to play the role on Broadway, and won the 1982 Theatre World Award for her performance. Additional New York stage credits include "Sons of the Prophet" (2011), "All My Sons" (2008), "The Price" (1999), "The Heiress" (1995), "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" (1993) and "Death and the Maiden" (1992).

Maria Tucci (Esther Crampton) was nominated for Broadway's 1967 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for a revival of "The Rose Tattoo." She also appeared on Broadway in revivals of "Mary Stuart," "The Night of the Iguana" and "The Little Foxes." She was in the original companies of "Requiem for a Heavyweight," "The Great White Hope" and "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore."

Stephen Wallem (Homer Bolton) was in Westport Country Playhouse's "Beyond Therapy" last season. He is best known as Thor on the Emmy-winning series "Nurse Jackie" on Showtime. National tours include "Forever Plaid," "Into the Woods" and "Scrooge." In regional theater, he appeared as Judas/Padre in Man of La Mancha, winning Chicago's After Dark Award for Outstanding Performance and the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble.

"Morning's at Seven" tells of four sisters who all reside in the same town, three of them living next door to each other, and know intimately the lives of the others. But each maintains her own secrets, hidden to preserve the tranquility of their family. When Ida's son Homer brings home his spinster fiancé, a stranger to the family even after a long engagement, the secrets began to spill. Arguments, make-ups, "mysterious spells" occur, all adding up to a reminder that family, no matter how dysfunctional, really is everything.

Part of "Winter at The Playhouse," the Script in Hand series will continue with "Stage Struck," an inventive comedy/thriller by Simon Gray, on Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. Both playreadings will be directed by Anne Keefe, Playhouse artistic advisor.

Marc and Michele Flaster are Script in Hand sponsors; Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler are Script in Hand partners. The series is supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.
For more information or tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available online 24/7 at Stay connected to The Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), view Playhouse videos on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse) or get an insider's peek on The Playhouse Blog (

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