Westport Holds a Vigil Beginning Feb. 26

News   Westport Holds a Vigil Beginning Feb. 26
 
The Westport Country Playhouse's production of Vigil — starring Tony nominee Helen Stenborg and Emmy winner Timothy Busfield — begins performances at the Connecticut venue Feb. 26.
Timothy Busfield and Helen Stenborg
Timothy Busfield and Helen Stenborg Photo by Kathleen O

Stephen DiMenna stages Morris Panych's comedy, which "tells of a self-obsessed nephew summoned to the deathbed of his aunt to whom he hasn't spoken in 30 years," according to press notes. "Childhood was anything but normal [for Kemp, played by Busfield]. His list of early age traumas include: A Rumanian dwarf tutor, force-fed accordion lessons and a fear of the dark until age 18. Not wanting to revisit a moment of it, Kemp successfully has avoided all family contact. That is, until the day he was guilted into taking care of his dying aunt," portrayed by Stenborg. The design team comprises Andromache Chalfant (set design), Ilona Somogyi (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), and Daniel Baker (sound design). Cole Bonenberger is the production stage manager.

Busfield is an Emmy Award winner for television's "thirtysomething." His theatrical credits include A Few Good Men and Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Helen Stenborg was Tony-nominated for her work in Waiting in the Wings; her most recent Broadway appearance was the 2002 revival of The Crucible. Stenborg received a 2000 Drama Desk Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Vigil plays the Wesport Country Playhouse through March 15. Tickets are available by calling (203) 227-4177 or by visiting www.westportplayhouse.org.

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