Westport Country Playhouse Production of Dear Brutus Begins July 7

News   Westport Country Playhouse Production of Dear Brutus Begins July 7
The new Westport Country Playhouse production of J.M. Barrie's Dear Brutus begins its run July 7, with Gregory Boyd directing.

Featured are Cheryl Lynn Bowers, Corinne Chandler, Curzon Dobell, Beth Fowler (The Boy From Oz), Meg Gibson, Patrick Horgan, Simon Jones (Waiting in the Wings), Allison Mackie, Emma Roberts, Noble Shropshire and Christopher Evan Welch (The Crucible).

Production credits include set design by David Gordon; costume design by Linda Fisher; lighting design by Rui Rita; and sound design and composition by John Gromada.

Interest in Barrie's work has increased since the release of the film "Finding Neverland," which details how Barrie hit upon the creation of Peter Pan. Dear Brutus starred a young Helen Hayes, Louis Calverg, William Gillette and Violet Kemble-Cooper when it debuted on Broadway in 1918.

The play's title, "Dear Brutus," comes from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves."

After Dear Brutus is Carson McCullers' The Member of the Wedding, July 28-Aug. 14. Joanne Woodward, who will end her run as artistic director after the 2005 season, will direct. Finally comes Journey's End by R. C. Sheriff, directed by Boyd, set for Aug. 18 Sept. 4. The war drama, set in a dugout in the British trench before St. Quentin during World War I, the play premiered on Broadway in 1929, with Jack Hawkins in the cast. It ran 485 performances. It was revived for a short Broadway run in 1939. The above line-up will be followed by the Playhouse's first-ever winter play series, consisting of one play in October, a holiday show in December, plus a third production in March 2006. Dickens' David Copperfield, adapted by Giles Havergal, will be the Dec. 1-18 holiday show. The other two shows are to be named later.

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