Dana Ivey and Jack Wetherall Face Happy Days at Westport Playhouse, Beginning July 6

By Adam Hetrick
06 Jul 2010

Dana Ivey
Dana Ivey
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Tony Award nominee Dana Ivey and Jack Wetherall are a post-apocalyptic couple in Samuel Beckett's two-hander Happy Days, which begins performances July 6 at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Westport artistic director Mark Lamos directs Beckett's play that will run through July 24. Wetherall, who made his Broadway debut in the title role of The Elephant Man, appears as Willie, opposite Ivey (Butley, Heartbreak House) as the chattering Winnie.

The black, existential comedy centers on Winnie, buried above her waist in a mound of blasted ground in a barren, sunburnt landscape. With only a mysterious bell to measure the passing of time, Winnie talks away (occasionally to her wandering husband) as she rifles through the items in her purse and muses on life.

Happy Days has scenic and costume design by John Arnone, lighting design by Stephen Strawbridge and sound design by John Gromada.

Wetherall appeared Off-Broadway in The Glass Cage, Pride's Crossing, Henry VI and Tamara. His screen roles include "Queer as Folk," "Spider-Man 2" and "Guiding Light."



Dana Ivey earned Tony nominations for her performances in Butley, Heartbreak House, Sunday in the Park with George, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and The Rivals and won Drama Desk Awards for The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Sex and Longing. She appeared in the original Off-Broadway staging of Driving Miss Daisy and in The Savannah Disputation at Playwrights Horizons last season.

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