Westport Country Playhouse's TARTUFFE Adds Performance, 8/5

Westport Country Playhouse's TARTUFFE Adds Performance, 8/5

Westport Country Playhouse announces that due to ticket demand for its current production of Molière's timeless comedy, "Tartuffe," an extra performance has been added on Sunday, August 5, at 3 p.m.

"We're thrilled by the audience response to 'Tartuffe'," said Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director. "It's a delight to hear the laughter and see our patrons have a wonderful time in the theater. I couldn't be happier that the extension means even more people will be able to enjoy this wise, funny, and enriching comedy."

The Playhouse production updates the comedy to the present day. The plot centers on Orgon, who has fallen under the spell of Tartuffe, the most saintly man he's ever known. But Orgon's family believes Tartuffe a fraud, out to steal Orgon's wealth, bed his wife, and wed his daughter. Will Orgon come to his senses before it's too late? The stage is set for a battle of wills in a wickedly funny and farcical take on the outer limits of hypocrisy.

Three-time Tony Award-nominated actor Marc Kudisch plays the title role of "Tartuffe." Mark Nelson plays Orgon, Nadia Bowers is cast as Elmire, and Patricia Conolly portrays 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. David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, directs the production. The work is translated by Richard Wilbur.

Subscriptions to the remaining three productions in the 2012 season are currently available (Pick 3 Plans and FlexTix). Single ticket prices, starting at $30, are subject to change based on availability. Buy early for the best prices.

"Tartuffe" Production Partners are Eunice and David Bigelow, and Judy and Scott Phares; Corporate Production Sponsor is Fidelity Investments; Corporate Production Partner is Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., Attorneys at Law.

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 www.westportplayhouse.org. Stay connected to The Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse - #WCPTartuffe), view Playhouse videos on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse), or get an insider's peek on The Playhouse Blog (www.theplayhouseblog.org).

Westport Country Playhouse is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, professional theater under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos and management leadership of Michael Ross. The Playhouse creates five live theater experiences, produced at the highest level, from April through November. Its vital mix of works---dramatic, comedic, occasionally exploratory and unusual---expands the audience's sense of what theater can be. The depth and scope of its productions display the foremost theatrical literature from the past---recent as well as distant---in addition to musicals and premieres of new plays. During the summer, The Playhouse is home to the Woodward Internship Program, renowned for the training of aspiring theater professionals. Winter at The Playhouse, from November through March, offers events outside of the main season---Family Festivities presentations, Script in Hand play readings and a Holiday Festival. In addition, businesses and organizations are encouraged to rent the handsome facility for their meetings, receptions and fundraisers.

Westport Country Playhouse's five-play 2012 season: "Into the Woods," a beguiling take on timeless fairy tales, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, directed by Mark Lamos, May 1 - 26; "The Year of Magical Thinking," based on the National Book Award Winner by Joan Didion, directed by Nicholas Martin and featuring Maureen Anderman, June 12 - 30; Molière's "Tartuffe," a funny and wise farce, translated by Richard Wilbur, directed by David Kennedy, July 17 – August 4; the world premiere of "Harbor," a comedy about a dysfunctional, loving family, by Chad Beguelin, directed by Mark Lamos, August 28 – September 15; "A Raisin in the Sun," the timeless classic about a black family in 1950s Southside Chicago and their quest for a piece of the American Dream, by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Phylicia Rashad, October 9 – November 3.

Photo credit: T. Charles Erickson


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