Will Rashad Be a Princess at Westport in 2008? Wiltse, Maran, Wright Booked

News   Will Rashad Be a Princess at Westport in 2008? Wiltse, Maran, Wright Booked Westport Country Playhouse's 2008 season will include a revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth starring Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, Variety reported.

Artistic director Tazewell Thompson will stage the summer 2008 production, in which Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun) will play Princess Kosmonopolis. A spokesperson for the theatre called the report premature and would not confirm Rashad's participation.

The 2008 Westport season will also reportedly include:

 

 

  • A play to be announced for February, directed by Westport artistic director emeritus Joanne Woodward. Westport would not confirm this.  

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  • Jon Maran's three-character 2005 play about a young Orthodox Jewish wife, A Strange and Separate People, directed by Thompson, in April.  

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  • Craig Wright's The Pavilion, directed by associate artistic director Chad Rabinovitz, in June.  

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  • Westport playwright-in-residence David Wiltse's office-set farce Scramble!, directed by Florida Stage's Louis Tyrrell, who helmed the play in Manalapan, FL, in 2006-07 when it was called Hatchetman. Wesport would not confirm Tyrrell's participation.  

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  • John Steinbeck's durable Of Mice and Men, directed by Anne Keefe in October.  

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  • Thompson's adaptation of A Christmas Carol in December.  

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  • A May production to be announced. For more information about the resident professional theatre in Westport, CT, visit WestportCountryPlayhouse.org.

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    Wiltse's new play, Sedition, is currently at Westport (to Aug. 18), to be followed by a new Sondheim revue, Being Alive!, Billy Porter's new African-American take on the songs of Stephen Sondheim — with chunks of Shakespeare poetry. It will play Aug. 24-Sept. 9.