The Circle, With Marsha Mason and Paxton Whitehead, Begins at Westport June 7 | Playbill

News The Circle, With Marsha Mason and Paxton Whitehead, Begins at Westport June 7
Academy Award nominee Marsha Mason and Tony Award nominee Paxton Whitehead co-star in the Westport Country Playhouse production of W. Somerset Maugham's The Circle, which begins previews June 7 under the direction of Nicholas Martin.

Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason

Martin, the former artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, stages Maugham's 1921 romantic comedy that will officially open June 11 and run through June 25.

Joining Mason ("The Goodbye Girl," Impressionism) as prodigal wife Lady Catherine Champion-Cheney and Whitehead (The Importance of Being Earnest, Noises Off) as her husband, Lord Champion-Cheney, are Gretchen Hall as Elizabeth, John Horton (A Touch of the Poet, Amadeus) as Lord Porteous, James J. O'Neil (Present Laughter) as the Butler, Bryce Pinkham (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Edward Luton, Christina Rouner (Coram Boy) as Mrs. Shenstone and Marc Vietor (Present Laughter, Grey Gardens) as Arnold Champion-Cheney.

According to Westport, "Many years ago, Lord Champion-Cheney was abandoned by his wife, Lady Catherine, who ran off to Italy with her lover. Bringing matters full circle, his stuffy son Arnold is now involved in a love triangle of his own as his bored wife is smitten with a handsome house guest. The Circle explores how history often is destined to repeat itself."

The Circle has scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by Philip Rosenberg and sound design by Drew Levy.

For tickets, visit WestportPlayhouse.

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