By Michael Gioia
26 Jan 2012
The 7 PM reading, directed by Westport artistic advisor Anne Keefe, will feature Geneva Carr (Off-Broadway’s upcoming Hand to God) as Myrtle Brown, Frank Converse (Our Town) as Thor Swanson, Tony Award nominee Mia Dillon (Crimes of the Heart) as Cora Swanson, Keir Dullea (Butterflies Are Free, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Carl Bolton, Tony Award nominee Beth Fowler (The Boy From Oz) as Ida Bolton, Tony Award winner Edward Herrmann (Mrs. Warren’s Profession) as David Crampton, Lisbeth Mackay (Othello) as Aaronetta ‘Arry’ Gibbs, Tony Award nominee Maria Tucci (The Rose Tattoo) as Esther Crampton and Stephen Wallem (“Nurse Jackie”) as Homer Bolton.
Morning’s at Seven, according to Westport, “tells of four sisters who all reside in the same town, three of them living next door to each other, and know intimately the lives of the others. But each maintains her own secrets, hidden to preserve the tranquility of their family. When Ida’s son Homer brings home his spinster fiancé, a stranger to the family even after a long engagement, the secrets began to spill. Arguments, make-ups, 'mysterious spells' occur, all adding up to a reminder that family, no matter how dysfunctional, really is everything.”
Part of Winter at the Playhouse, the Script in Hand series will continue with Stage Struck, an inventive comedy-thriller by Simon Gray (March 12 at 7 PM). Keefe will again direct.
Westport Country Playhouse is a not-for-profit, professional theatre under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos. The playhouse creates five live theatre experiences from April through November. Winter at the Playhouse, from November through March, offers events outside of the main season such as Family Festivities presentations, Script in Hand play readings and a Holiday Festival.
Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court in Westport, CT. For more information and tickets, call (203) 227-4177 or visit www.westportplayhouse.org.