Mark Lamos will direct That Championship Season at Westport Country Playhouse, his first production since being named artistic director in February 2009. Jason Miller's play won the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
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.
Westport Country Playhouse will present a Sunday Symposium titled, "'That Championship Season': Rediscovering an American Classic," following the Sunday, August 30, 3 p.m. matinee performance of That Championship Season. Guest speaker will be Bernard Gersten, executive producer of Lincoln Center Theater and former associate producer of The Public Theater in New York (1960 - 1978), in which capacity he was the associate producer of the original production of That Championship Season.