Phylicia Rashad and Nicholas Martin Will Direct at Westport in 2012 | Playbill

News Phylicia Rashad and Nicholas Martin Will Direct at Westport in 2012
The Westport Country Playhouse has tapped Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad to stage Lorraine Hansberry's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Raisin in the Sun, while veteran director Nicholas Martin will helm Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking in 2012.

Rashad, who earned a Tony for her performance as family matriarch Lena Younger in the 2004 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, has signed on to helm the Oct. 9-Nov. 3, 2012, production. Rashad also staged the 1950's Chicago-set drama for Los Angeles' Ebony Repertory Theatre last spring. Martin, the former artistic director of the Huntington Theatre Company, will stage Didion's stage memoir about family and loss, The Year of Magical Thinking, which will run June 12-30, 2012. Tony nominee Maureen Anderman (Richard III, Seascape, The Lady from Dubuque) will star.

As previously reported, Westport's 2012 season will begin with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods (May 1-19, 2012); followed by Moliere's Tartuffe (July 17-Aug. 4, 2012); and the new Chad Beguelin musical Harbour (Aug. 28-Sept. 15, 2012).

Subscriptions are currently available. Single tickets will go on sale March 6, 2012. For tickets, visit WestportPlayhouse.

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