Westport Country Playhouse to Premiere Carly Mensch's Oblivion in 2013; Season Announced

By Adam Hetrick
07 Aug 2012

Oblivion, a new comedy by "Weeds" writer Carly Mensch, will have its world premiere as part of the Westport Country Playhouse's 2013 season, which will also include revivals of plays by A.R. Gurney, George Kelly and Joe Orton.



Westport artistic director Mark Lamos will direct A.R. Gurney's The Dining Room, as the season opener, April 30-May 18, 2013. "A witty and heartfelt story of the American family and its vanishing traditions, it is set in the most singular of rooms, where people gather, meals are eaten, conversations begin, and generations converge," according to Westport.

George Kelly's The Show-Off, staged by Nicholas Martin, will follow July 11-29, 2013. Westport bills it as "a funny, surprising, and moving story of a family in upheaval when their youngest daughter becomes engaged to a brash loudmouth."

Joe Orton's farce Loot, directed by David Kennedy, will run July 16-Aug. 3, 2013. "On the trail of stolen money hidden by bumbling bank robbers, Loot is a wickedly funny send-up of larcenous, lascivious behavior among the English middle classes," Westport states.

Oblivion, by Carly Mensch, will be staged Aug. 20-Sept. 7, 2013. Westport characterizes it as "a touching and funny—and very modern—tale of parents, children, and the gulf that sometimes exists between them." The play was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and developed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

The final production will be John Murray and Allen Boretz's Room Service, directed by Lamos, Oct. 8-26, 2013. "The madcap American farce is about a producer and his ragtag bunch of actors who try to raise money for a Broadway show as they scramble to evade their hotel bill," Westport states.

Subscriptions are currently available. Single tickets will go on sale March 5, 2013. For tickets visit WestportPlayhouse.org.