Shanahan and Maulella Will Be Caught in Tryst, a Romantic Thriller, in Westport, CT | Playbill

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News Shanahan and Maulella Will Be Caught in Tryst, a Romantic Thriller, in Westport, CT Joe Brancato, who directed Karoline Leach's romantic thriller Tryst Off-Broadway, will stage the play at Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut for an Aug. 5-23 run.

The cast features Mark Shanahan as George Love, a dashing swindler "who has a habit of marrying plain, well-off women who become inexplicably poor and husbandless the day after their honeymoon." In London to con his next bride, he happens upon Adelaide (played by Andrea Maulella), "a lonely milliner's assistant who is sitting on a small nest egg."

Shanahan has been seen on the New York stage in As Bees in Honey Drown, Philadelphia, Here I Come and The Internationalist. He is an award-winning voice-over artist and an Edgar Award-nominated playwright.

Maulella's New York credits include Richard Vetere's One Shot One Kill. She and Shanahan appeared in Tryst at Alley Theatre in 2006. Indeed, the Westport staging's creative team created the earlier Alley production in Houston.

Director Brancato is the founding artistic director of Penguin Repertory Company in Stony Point, Rockland County, NY.

Leach's first play was an adaptation of "The Snow Queen." She was artistic director of Bootstrap Theatre for three seasons. Her first full-length play The Mysterious Mr. Love was produced in 1997 at the Comedy Theatre in the West End. It received its first U.S. performance in 2000, at the Penguin Rep. Her first book, "In the Shadow of the Dreamchild: A New Understanding of Lewis Carroll," was published in 1999, and created a considerable controversy when it claimed that Carroll's biography was more myth than fact. Tryst played Off-Broadway in 2006. The production team includes David Korins (scenic design), Alejo Vietti (costume design), Jeff Nellis (lighting design), Johnna Doty (sound design) and Diane DiVita (stage manager).

Celebrating its 78th season, the venerable Westport Country Playhouse (Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe, artistic directors; Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, managing director) "is creating innovative new works and dynamic revivals."

The Playhouse has produced more than 700 plays, 36 of which later transferred to Broadway.

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