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Ladies Night Out at Westport Country Playhouse

By Westport Country Playhouse

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A Ladies Night Out earlier in the season attracted many women to Westport Country Playhouse. Photo by Kathleen O’Rourke
Westport Country Playhouse will present Ladies Night Out, an evening of food, wine, a custom perfume experience and a performance of Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days,” on Wednesday, July 14. Hosted by Anne Keefe, Playhouse artistic advisor, a reception will begin at 6 p.m., perfume workshop at 6:30 p.m., and performance at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person for light dinner, wine, perfume workshop and show.

Sue Phillips, president and founder of Scenterprises Ltd., will take guests on a “fragrance journey,” much like a wine tasting, to experience 18 different, exquisite perfume blends created by a world famous perfumer. The blends are designed to be worn in combination with each other or alone. At the completion of the workshop each guest will have the opportunity to purchase and name her signature scent, and receive a certificate of registration that will be kept on file at Scenterprises for ease of reordering.

Food will be provided by Café Madeline of Fairfield, owned by Madeline Migliorini. Wine is by Horseneck Wines of Greenwich. With 32 years in the wine business, Theresa Rogers Matthews will share insights on the different varietals and how they can be used in a method of blending.

“Happy Days” stars Dana Ivey, Tony Award nominee for her roles in “Butley,” “The Rivals,” “Heartbreak House,” “Sunday in the Park with George” and “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”; and Jack Wetherall, who played the title role in Broadway’s “The Elephant Man” and Vic on Showtime’s “Queer as Folk.” Directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, “Happy Days” is written by Samuel Beckett, the Nobel Prize-winning author of “Waiting for Godot.” “Happy Days,” the story of a woman’s cheerful optimism in the face of a trifling universe, is an exhilarating exploration of what it means to be alive.

For tickets to the Ladies Night Out party and show, contact 203-227-5137, x 116 or marketing@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 theater 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 theaters. Now celebrating its 80th 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 with its original charm and character preserved. 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.

Westport Country Playhouse’s five-play 2010 season: “She Loves Me,” a romantic musical comedy, with book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, directed by Mark Lamos, April 20 – May 15; “Dinner with Friends,” a comic drama by Donald Margulies, directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, June 1 through 19; “Happy Days” by Samuel Beckett, a play of luminous beauty and rare power, featuring Dana Ivey, directed by Mark Lamos, July 6 through July 24; “I Do! I Do,” an endearing musical, with book and lyrics are by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, directed by Susan H. Schulman, August 10 through August 28; and “The Diary of Anne Frank,” a timeless and powerful classic, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman, directed by Gerald Freedman, September 28 through October 16.

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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