World Premiere, The Good German, with Boyd Gaines, Begins in Westport

News   World Premiere, The Good German, with Boyd Gaines, Begins in Westport
Three-time Tony-winner Boyd Gaines will lead the cast of The Good German by David Wiltse, which will have its premiere at the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut. Performances began June 25 and will continue through July 12.

The play "tells the story of a couple who, against the objections of the husband, harbors a Jewish publisher under the nose of their Nazi friend. Dangerous circumstances force all concerned to examine attitudes of morality, hate, and human decency." James Naughton, who directed the Broadway transfer of Our Town last year, is at the helm.

Also in the cast are Casey Biggs, Kathleen McNenny and Victor Slezak (who replaced Naughton in the Off-Broadway play Roses in December earlier this spring). Biggs and McNenny play the sheltering German couple. Slezak in the Jewish publisher, and Gaines, playing against type, is the Nazi.

Wiltse's Temporary Help was given a production Off-Broadway this past season. His best known play is probably the 1985 Broadway comedy Doubles.

Gaines won his Tonys for The Heidi Chronicles, She Loves Me and Contact. The last was his most recent Broadway appearance. Others include Company, The Show-Off and Cabaret.

* Later in the season, Jill Clayburgh will star opposite Richard Dreyfuss in the new Doug Hughes-directed version of the Arthur Miller classic All My Sons. Dreyfuss will play Joe Keller, a father with a guilty secret about his two sons, one killed in WWII, the other one questioning the nature of his sibling's death. Clayburgh will play his wife, Kate, who stands by him despite mounting evidence of his guilt.

Clayburgh appeared with Dreyfuss in The Exonerated Off-Broadway. In the early '70s, she starring in the original Broadway companies of The Rothschilds and Pippin. Later, she appeared in Design for Living as Gilda, opposite Raul Julia and Frank Langella. She is still well remembered for a string of films in the '70s, including "An Unmarried Woman," "Silver Streak" and "Starting Over."

Dreyfuss has booked a lot of theatre of late. In New York, he's done a brief stint in Off-Broadway's The Exonerated and is set to put in a one night-only appearance in Trumbo at the Westside. All My Sons, which runs Aug. 6-23, would mark his most sustained engagement to date.


Completing the season are The Old Settler by the late John Henry Redwood, directed by Tazewell Thompson (July 16-Aug. 2); and The Streets of New York, the musical which recently played at Irish Rep Off Broadway, directed by Charlotte Moore (Aug. 26-Sept. 13).

The Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, just off Post Road East (Route 1). Season subscriptions are on sale now. Remaining tickets will go on sale May 19. For subscriptions, call (203) 226-0153. For more information, contact the box office at (203) 227-4177 or visit

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