Jayne Houdyshell, Liv Rooth To Star in Westport Shows

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Jayne Houdyshell and Liv Rooth will head casts for the 2013 season at the Westport Country Playhouse.

 

Twice-Tony Award-nominated Houdyshell ("Well," "Follies") will star in George Kelly's comedy "The Show-Off," directed by Nicholas Martin, The shoiw runs June 11 to 29.

 

Houdyshell's Broadway credits include “Dead Accounts,” “Wicked,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” She garnered a 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for “The Pain and the Itch,” and a 2006 Barrymore Award for “The Clean House.” 

 

The Westport season opens with A.R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room,” which is described as "a witty and heartfelt story of the American family and its vanishing traditions set in the most singular of rooms," runs April 30 to May 18. Artistic director Mark Lamos, stages the play.

 

Rooth stars in Joe Orton's "Loot," staged by associate artistic directyor David Kennedy.

 

The dark farce will run July 16 – August 3. Rooth  appeared at the Playhouse in “Suddenly Last Summer,” and a Script in Hand reading of “Dial ‘M’ for Murder.”  On Broadway, she was in “Born Yesterday,” “Is He Dead?,” and “Venus in Fur.” She is in the current revival of “All in the Timing” at Primary Stages.   

 

The second world premiere in as many seasons, “Oblivion,” is a touching and funny—and very modern—tale of parents, children, and the gulf that sometimes exists between them, written by Carly Mensch, 

 

 

The show is directed by Mark Brokaw and runs Aug. 20 to Sept. 7. The play was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and developed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company. 

 

The seasoin ends with the madcap farce “Room Service” by John Murray and Allen Boretz, directed by Lamos. The show will run Oct. 8 to 26.

 

Information: 203-227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or  www.westportplayhouse.org

 

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