Frances Sternhagen, Richard Thomas and Kathleen McNenny to Read Golden Age at Westport

News   Frances Sternhagen, Richard Thomas and Kathleen McNenny to Read Golden Age at Westport
Tony Award winner Frances Sternhagen, Emmy winner Richard Thomas and Kathleen McNenny will take part in a reading of a revised version of A.R. Gurney's The Golden Age June 20 at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas

John Tillinger, who also staged the 1984 Broadway production of Gurney's three-actor comedy, will direct the 7 PM reading as part of Westport's "Script in Hand" series.

Sternhagen is a two-time Tony winner for The Good Doctor and The Heiress; Thomas was last seen Off-Broadway in Timon of Athens and is known for his work on "The Waltons"; McNenny has appeared on Broadway in Coram Boy and The Constant Wife.

“Our friend and local playwright A.R. Gurney and I were speaking recently and he mentioned his fascinating play The Golden Age,” Westport "Script in Hand" curator Anne Keefe said in a statement. "He has recently revisited the script and has done some work on it, thinking to make it more of a reader’s play, like his acclaimed Love Letters and Ancestral Voices. We agreed that it would fit perfectly into our 'Script in Hand' series."

According to Westport, "The Golden Age tells of Isabel Hastings Hoyt, once a glittering figure in the literary salons of the ‘20s, who now is short of money and concerned about her granddaughter, Virginia, a twice-divorced near alcoholic. She would like to see Virginia securely married before she ‘kicks the bucket.’ Enter Tom, an ambitious young academic. He suspects that Isabel, a confidante of F. Scott Fitzgerald, might have been the model for Daisy in 'The Great Gatsby,' and that she may possess an unpublished chapter from 'Gatsby' which depicts passionate lovemaking between Gatsby and Daisy. He determines to gain access to this literary treasure no matter how devious the means. A series of complex and perilous relationships develop between the three characters as the mystery begins to unfold."

A.R. Gurney is the author of Love Letters, The Dining Room, Sylvia, The Cocktail Hour, Ancestral Voices, Big Bill, Indian Blood, Children and Crazy Mary. His plays have earned him Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Rockefeller awards. His recent works The Grand Manner and Black Tie have been seen Off-Broadway in the last year. For tickets, visit WestportPlayhouse.

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