The Depression-era drama began performances Oct. 7 and will continue through Nov. 1 under the direction of Mark Lamos. Lamos had assumed directorial duties when Paul Newman, who lost his battle with cancer Sept. 26, bowed out due to health reasons. The Westport production is dedicated in his honor.
Press notes for Of Mice and Men state, "George dreams of owning land and being his own boss. His mentally challenged partner, Lennie, simply dreams of playing with rabbits. Having encountered problems at their last job, George and Lennie are forced to flee to a new farm for work, until Lennie's simple-minded strength gets them into trouble."
Hutchison portrays George with Mineart as Lennie in a company that also features Mateo Gomez (Boss), Kene Holliday (Crooks), Matthew Montelongo (Slim), Betsy Morgan (Curly's Wife), Tommy Nohilly (Carlson), Sean Patrick Reilly (Whit), Rafael Sardina (Curly) and Edward Seamon (Candy).
Mark Lamos has directed the Broadway productions of Our Country's Good, Cymbeline, Seascape, The Rivals, The Gershwin's Fascinating Rhythm and The Deep Blue Sea. Tickets are available by calling (203) 227-4177 or by visiting www.westportplayhouse.org.
In its 78-season history, the Westport Country Playhouse — located in Westport, CT — has produced more than 700 plays, 35 of which have transferred to Broadway.