Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of the romantic comedy, “The Cemetery Club,” on Monday, February 25, at 7 p.m. Written by Ivan Menchell, the reading will be directed by Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and curator of the playreading series. Tickets are $20 each.
Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves in this hilarious, yet moving comedy. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is feisty and just wants to have fun; and Doris is priggish and judgmental. When Sam, the butcher, meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave, he is attracted to Ida, even as Doris and Lucille try to squash their budding romance.
“It’s very funny and touching and perfect for lightening those mid-winter blues,” said Keefe.
The cast includes Jill Eikenberry as Ida (NBC television’s “L.A. Law” - Golden Globe Award, Emmy nominations; Broadway’s “Moonchildren,” “Watch on the Rhine”; Off-Broadway’s “Life Under Water,” “Lemon Sky” - Obie Awards; films “Arthur,” “The Manhattan Project”); Deirdre Madigan as Lucille (Westport Country Playhouse’s “And a Nightingale Sang,” “A Marriage Minuet,” “A Few Good Men,” Script in Hand playreadings of “The Supporting Cast,” “Social Security,” “The Late Christopher Bean”; Broadway’s “A Delicate Balance,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “After the Night and the Music”); and Carolyn Mignini as Mildred (third season as Maggie Gyllenhaal’s mother on HBO’s “The Deuce”; portrays Ilene Mulvaney on Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora”; numerous Broadway and off-Broadway credits, including “Tintypes” - Drama Desk nomination, and Christopher Durang’s “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You”).
Also in the cast are Maria Tucci as Doris (Westport Country Playhouse’s Script in Hand playreadings of “Collected Stories,” “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “The Bread Winner,” and “Morning’s at Seven”; Tony nomination for Broadway’s “The Rose Tattoo”); and Michael Tucker as Sam (NBC television’s “L.A. Law”; many stage and film credits; writer of three memoirs, a novel, and two plays, including “Fern Hill,” opening in September at 59E59 Theaters).
Playwright Ivan Menchell wrote a screen adaptation of “The Cemetery Club,” starring Ellen Burstyn, Diane Ladd, and Olympia Dukakis. Broadway credits include “Bonnie & Clyde” (book), “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (additional material), and “The Cemetery Club.” He was also a writer/producer on the long-running CBS comedy “The Nanny.” Menchell is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Director Anne Keefe served as artistic director of Westport Country Playhouse with Joanne Woodward in 2008, and as associate artistic director from 2000-2006, also with Ms. Woodward. She co-directed with Ms. Woodward the Westport Country Playhouse production of “David Copperfield,” and directed many Script in Hand playreadings.
Upcoming Script in Hand playreadings include “Tricks of the Trade,” a thriller by Sydney Michaels, on March 25; and “Murder, Too,” a new comedy thriller by David Wiltse, on May 6. Titles will be announced later for playreadings on November 18 and December 16.
All dates, titles, and artists subject to change.
The Script in Hand Playreading Series is sponsored by Marc and Michele Flaster in 2019 with support from the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).
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