That Championship Season Begins Westport Run Aug. 25

News   That Championship Season Begins Westport Run Aug. 25 The Westport Country Playhouse production of Jason Miller's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, That Championship Season, begins performances Aug. 25.
Mark Lamos
Mark Lamos

Mark Lamos directs; it is Lamos' first production for the theatre since officially assuming the title of artistic director in February. He previously staged Of Mice and Men for Westport last fall. That Championship Season, which stars Robert Clohessy (Pal Joey, Twelve Angry Men), John Doman ("The Wire), Tony nominee Lou Liberatore (Burn This), Tom Nelis (The Medium) and Skipp Sudduth (South Pacific, The Iceman Cometh), runs through Sept. 12.

According to press notes, "That Championship Season takes place at a reunion of a high school basketball coach, now retired, and four members of the team that he guided to the state championship 20 years earlier. As the evening progresses, secrets are revealed, loyalties tested and the foundation of their long-held dreams is found to be fraudulent."

The production team includes David Gallo (scenic design), Cynthia Nordstrom (costume design), Jeff Nellis (lighting design), David Van Tieghem (sound design) and B. H. Barry (fight director).

That Championship Season premiered at the Public Theater on May 2, 1972, starring Charles Durning, Richard A. Dysart, Walter McGinn, Michael McGuire and Paul Sorvino, under the direction of A.J. Antoon. The production, with the original cast intact, transferred to Broadway's Booth Theatre on Sept. 11, 1972 and ran through April of 1974. Playwright Miller later directed the 1983 film.

For tickets visit WestportPlayhouse.

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