Tillinger Directs Countryman, Elrod and Lloyd in Westport Drawer Boy

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The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, a regional staple in recent seasons, will arrived as the Westport Country Playhouse on June 22 for a stay through July 9.
John Tillinger
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Broadway and Off-Broadway director John Tillinger (Tea at Five, House and Garden) will direct Michael Countryman as Angus, Carson Elrod as Miles and John Bedford Lloyd as Morgan. Set design is by James Noone, costume design by Laurie Churba, lighting design by Kevin Adams and sound design by Scott Killian.

The story, according to press notes, "begins as a humorous rural vs. urban culture-clash set in 1972. Miles, a young, aspiring actor from Toronto, arrives at a small farm in central Ontario to research country life for a role in an upcoming play. The farm is owned by two middle-aged men, Angus and Morgan, who have been friends since childhood. The gentle Angus is mentally disabled from a head injury sustained in World War II. A cantankerous Morgan has little time to spare from his farm chores, but is amused by the visiting city-slicker. Conflict ensues as Miles' study of the farmers' lives inadvertently reveals forgotten truths, lies and secrets of love and tragedy."

The Drawer Boy premiered in Toronto in 1999 and won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for best new play, a Chalmers Canadian Playwriting Award for best new play, and the Governor General's Literary Award for best English drama.

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