Westport Season Includes Intimate Apparel, A Song at Twilight and Nora
By Adam Hetrick
The Westport Country Playhouse will populate its 2014 season with plays by Noël Coward, Ingmar Bergman, Alan Ayckbourn and Lynn Nottage.
Coward's A Song at Twilight, directed by Westport artistic director Mark Lamos, will open the season April 29-May 17, 2014, as a co-production with Hartford Stage. According to Westport, "The story tells of Sir Hugo Latymer, who, in his long career, has achieved more than most writers even dream of—money, fame, and a reputation beyond reproach. But his carefully constructed ivory tower is imperiled when a long-ago love threatens to shed a very public light into the most scandalous corner of his private past, a revelation that could bring it all tumbling down."
Nora, Bergman's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, will be staged July 15-Aug. 2, 2014, under the direction of David Kennedy. It was translated into English by Frederick J. Marker and Lisa-Lone Marker. "A story of love, blackmail, and the little lies people tell, Nora is a sexy and stunning adaptation one of Ibsen's most psychologically penetrating works. The central character Nora has the perfect life, a happy home, and a healthy marriage. But when a mysterious man from her past appears, her idyllic world is suddenly turned upside down," Westport states.
Ayckbourn's comedy Things We Do for Love will follow, playing Aug. 19-Sept. 6, 2014. According to Westport, "This wickedly funny play questions just how sane anyone really is when it comes to love. Fastidious Barbara’s orderly, but solitary world is thrown into chaos when the arrival of her longtime friend Nikki and her fiancé ignites unexpected and violent passions."
The season will conclude with Pulitzer Prize winner Nottage's Intimate Apparel, running Oct. 7-25, 2014. The play, according to Westport, "explores how each choice that people make is a vital stitch in the ornately and delicately embroidered fabric of their lives. The story weaves an intricate tapestry of the joys, sorrows, tragedy, and triumph of a gifted but lonely African-American seamstress in early 20th century Manhattan who's negotiating the choice between a love that is accepted and one that is true."
The Westport season will also include a world-premiere musical event or a comedy during the June 10-28, 2014, slot. The title will be announced at a later date.
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