Playhouse artistic director Joanne Woodward directs the Classics Series reading of the Napa Valley-set work that served as inspiration for the Frank Loesser musical The Most Happy Fella. Show time is 7 PM. They Knew What They Wanted also features Brian Hutchison (Westport's Of Mice and Men), Ross Bickell (Noises Off), Keir Dullea ("The Good Shepherd") and Bill Phillips (Outside the Window).
They Knew What They Wanted, according to press notes, "is the romantic story of Tony (Hensley), an aging, Italian-born vineyard owner in Napa Valley, and his misbegotten mail-order marriage to Amy (Maulella), a lonely, young waitress from San Francisco who once waited on him. Proposing by letter, Tony misrepresents himself by sending Amy a photo of his handsome foreman, Joe (Hutchison). When Amy arrives at Tony's vineyard to become his bride, she is astonished in finding out the truth and soon is drawn into a liaison with Joe."
Tickets, priced $15, are available by calling (203) 227-4177 or by visiting www.westportplayhouse.org.