Westport Walks The Streets of New York, Beginning Aug. 26

News   Westport Walks The Streets of New York, Beginning Aug. 26
The Westport Country Playhouse will end its 2003 summer season with a touch of city life, as it presents the Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Dion Boucicault's Victorian melodrama The Streets of New York, running Aug. 26 to Sept. 13.

The show is directed by Irish Rep artistic director Charlotte Moore. This version of the play, which played the Off-Broadway theatre in late fall 2001, is enhanced by 12 new songs.

Set in mid-1800's New York, The Streets of New York pits good and virtuous siblings Lucy and Paul Fairweather against the evil machinations of Gideon Bloodgood. Bloodgood robbed the youngsters of their fortune, but they're determined to survive. Thanks to the kindly Puffy family and a former employee of Bloodgood, Paul may win back his good name and Lucy may claim the love of Mark Livingstone, one of the most prominent sons of New York.

Boucicault also penned The Shaughraun, which proved a hit for Irish Rep in 1998.

Moore has helmed 23 Irish Rep productions, including recent revivals of A Life, The Hostage, Don Juan in Hell and The Irish and How They Got That Way. She has been nominated for two Tony Awards, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Irish American Top 100 Irish Award.

The 2003 Westport season included new productions of Noel Coward's Hay Fever and John Henry Redwood's The Old Settler, the premiere of David Wiltse's The Good German and a revival of All My Sons starring Richard Dreyfuss and Jill Clayburgh.

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