Hoffman, Newman, Woodward and Kitt Read Love Poems at Westport Benefit Feb. 10

News   Hoffman, Newman, Woodward and Kitt Read Love Poems at Westport Benefit Feb. 10 Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Eartha Kitt, Charles Grodin, Joanna Gleason and Chris Sarandon will read love poems at the Westport Country Playhouse benefit Come Be My Love...Love Spoken Here Feb. 10 at 8 PM.

The program will include poems by Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, e.e. cummings, Dorothy Parker, William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Ogden Nash, Langston Hughes, Tennessee Williams and Noël Coward.

A reception of champagne and desserts will follow. The show benefits the theatre's educational programming.

The lineup includes two married couples — Woodward and Newman and Sarandon and Gleason.

Hoffman is an Oscar winner for "Capote" and is artistic director of the LAByrinth Theater Company. Newman is the world-renowned film star and spaghetti sauce and salad-dressing magnate who appeared at Westport in Love Letters, Ancestral Voices, Trumbo and a revival of Our Town, which transferred to Broadway. Woodward — who has won three Emmy Awards and an Academy Award for "The Three Faces of Eve" — served as Westport's artistic director for five seasons.

Kitt's Broadway credits include Timbuktu! (Tony nomination), The Wild Party (Tony nomination) and Nine and she starred in the show "Batman" as Catwoman. Grodin has appeared in the films "Sex and the College Girl," "Rosemary's Baby," "Heaven Can Wait," "Midnight Run," "Taking Care of Business," "Beethoven" and "Dave" and on Broadway in Tchin-Tchin, Absence of a Cello and Same Time, Next Year, and has several Broadway directing credits. Gleason won the Tony for Best Actress for playing the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods and received Tony nominations for Joe Egg and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Sarandon's Broadway credits include The Rothschilds, Two Gentlemen from Verona and The Light in the Piazza, and his film credits include "Dog Day Afternoon" (Oscar nomination) and "The Princess Bride."

Tickets are $300 (of which $225 is tax deductible) and $175 (of which $100 is tax deductible).

Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1 in Westport, CT. For tickets or more information call (203) 227-4177, or, for out-of-town callers, toll-free at (888) 927-7529, or visit www.westportplayhouse.org.