Westport Announces 2007 Season: Works by Temperley, Porter and More Join Kander and Ebb Musical

News   Westport Announces 2007 Season: Works by Temperley, Porter and More Join Kander and Ebb Musical
Stephen Temperley's play Souvenir, the world premiere of David Wiltse's play Sedition and Billy Porter's revue combining Shakespeare and Sondheim are among the offerings in the Westport Country Playhouse's 2007 season.

Also on tap are Stephen Masicotte's Mary’s Wedding, Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking and Jeffrey Hatcher's The Turn of the Screw, adapted from the Henry James novel.

These shows join the previously announced Kander and Ebb musical All About Us, which has a book by Joseph Stein and is adapted from the Thornton Wilder play The Skin of Our Teeth. The musical received its world premiere at the Signature Theatre Company in Arlington, VA, in 1999 with the title Over and Over. It has since gone through several workshops and title changes.

Westport's full 2007 season schedule is as follows:

April 10-April 28
All About Us
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Joseph Stein
Based on the play The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder
According to a release, the musical is "the story of the bewitched, befuddled and becalmed Antrobus family who have survived a thousand calamities by the skin of their teeth."

May 31-June 16
By Stephen Temperley
The play, which played on Broadway from Oct. 2005 to Jan. 2006, tells the story of "the musical career of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy Manhattan society eccentric of the 1930s and '40s. Ms. Jenkins believed herself an opera diva of the highest caliber, but she couldn’t hit a single note on key." June 21-July 7
Mary’s Wedding
By Stephen Masicotte
In 1918 in Canada, "Charlie, a young, naïve soldier, is about to join a horse regiment on the front lines of World War I. He leaves behind Mary, who shares his hopes and dreams for a future together. Ripped apart by the war, the two cling to the memories of their time together."

July 12-28
Relatively Speaking
By Alan Ayckbourn
"An unidentified pair of slippers found under a bed leads to a series of hilarious misunderstandings."

Aug. 2-18
Sedition (world premiere)
by David Wiltse
"With their country in war, Americans discover their ability, and inability, to voice their opinions. In this true story, a man is forced to stand up in defense of the freedom of speech – and pays the price for his courage."

Aug. 23-Sept. 8
Being Alive! - Sondheim Meets Shakespeare (world premiere)
Conceived and directed by Billy Porter
The show blends Sondheim and Shakespeare "to tell the universal story of man’s seven ages in African American musical idioms including soul, jazz, R&B, hip-hop and gospel."

Oct. 11-27
The Turn of the Screw
By Jeffrey Hatcher
Adapted from the novel by Henry James
"A chilling thriller about a young, naïve governess who journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children of a mysterious man."

The Westport Country Playhouse is at 25 Powers Court in Westport, CT. For more information call the box office at (203) 227-4177 or visit www.westportplayhouse.org.

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