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News : Entertainment Aug 18, 2009 - 2:59 AM


“A Taste of Tuesdays” on August 25 at Westport Country Playhouse

By Westport Country Playhouse





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Westport Country Playhouse will present “A Taste of Tuesdays” on August 25, 6:30 p.m., during preview week of “That Championship Season,” winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Written by Jason Miller, “That Championship Season” is the first production to be directed by Mark Lamos since he was named Playhouse artistic director in February 2009.

“A Taste of Tuesdays” features pre-show wine from Castle Wine & Spirits and appetizers by The Ginger Man of South Norwalk. Live music is by Alexis Babini, pop rock singer/guitarist, followed by a preview performance at 8 p.m. “A Taste of Tuesdays,” launched last year, attracts more than 200 people to each event.

“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. A play of savage humor and giant passions, “That Championship Season” probes the darker aspects of the American creed of success.

Alexis Babini is a songwriter and performer who is well-known for his playful stage presence. He has shared the stage with acts such as Blues Traveler and Boz Scaggs. His songwriting is a diverse blend of modern day pop/rock, with an occasional nod to folk classics. Babini’s new EP, “Breaking It In,” was released last March. He was a recipient of the Berklee College of Music Performer Songwriter Award for "Easy On the Eyes," and most recently landed a spot as an artist on the Fox Network music section of Xbox Live.

Admission to “A Taste of Tuesdays” is $25 per person. Advance reservations are required by calling the Playhouse box office at 203-227-4177 or emailing groups@westportplayhouse.org.

About the Playhouse

Westport Country Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater, serves as a treasured home for the performing arts and is a cultural landmark for Connecticut. Under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos and management direction of Michael Ross, the Playhouse creates quality productions of new and classic plays that enlighten, enrich and engage a diverse community of theater lovers, artists and students. The Playhouse’s rich history dates back to 1931, when New York theatre producer Lawrence Langner created a Broadway-quality stage within an 1830s tannery. The Playhouse quickly became an established stop on the New England “straw hat circuit” of summer stock theatres. Now celebrating its 79th season, Westport Country Playhouse has produced more than 700 plays, 36 of which later transferred to Broadway, most recently the world premiere of "Thurgood" and a revival of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" with Paul Newman, and in earlier years "Come Back, Little Sheba" with Shirley Booth, "The Trip to Bountiful" with Lillian Gish, and "Butterflies Are Free" with Keir Dullea and Blythe Danner. For its artistic excellence, the Playhouse received a 2005 Governor's Arts Award and a 2000 "Connecticut Treasure" recognition. It was also designated as an Official Project of Save America's Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is entered on the Connecticut State Register of Historic Places. Following a multi-million dollar renovation completed in 2005, the Playhouse transformed into a year-round, state-of-the-art producing theater, which has preserved its original charm and character. In addition to a full season of theatrical productions, the Playhouse serves as a community resource, presenting educational programming and workshops; a children's theater series; symposiums; music; films; and readings.

For more information or ticket purchases, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets may be purchased online at www.westportplayhouse.org.




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