Lamos Will Stage That Championship Season for Westport Country Playhouse

News   Lamos Will Stage That Championship Season for Westport Country Playhouse
Mark Lamos will direct Jason Miller's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, That Championship Season, for his inaugural production as artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse.

The classic 1972 play is scheduled to run Aug. 25-Sept. 12.

"This classic American play is a richly dramatic feast for five actors — a raucous, savage, occasionally riotous examination of men who can't escape their shared past and their present illusions," Lamos said in a statement. "David Kennedy, our associate artistic director, drew my attention to the play, and as soon as I read it I was compelled by its dazzling dialogue and swift dramatic action. I think it's a great balance to the rest of the season so far."

Casting for That Championship Season will be announced shortly.

According to press notes, "That Championship Season takes place at a reunion of a high school basketball coach, now retired, and four members of the team that he guided to the state championship 20 years earlier. As the evening progresses, secrets are revealed, loyalties tested and the foundation of their long-held dreams is found to be fraudulent."

The former artistic director of Hartford Stage, Lamos has directed the Broadway productions of Our Country's Good, Cymbeline, Seascape, The Rivals, The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm and The Deep Blue Sea. That Championship Season marks Lamos' first project for Westport since Of Mice and Men (fall 2008); he assumed directorial duties for the late Paul Newman in February.

For tickets visit WestportPlayhouse.

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