All About Us will kick off the season with performances April 10-28. This is a revamped version of the show with a score by Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago, etc.) and a book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof, etc.), based on the Wilder play; previous versions were presented under the titles Over and Over and The Skin of Our Teeth. The final revision is the last musical written by the legendary Kander & Ebb team before Ebb's death in 2004. Gabriel Barre will direct the Westport production.
Next up in the season will be The Heidi Chronicles (May 31-June 16), directed by Tazewell Thompson. The play follows its heroine, Heidi Holland -- and the progress of a generation -- from the socially and politically activist 1960s to the success-oriented '80s, a period during which the status of American women underwent profound and sometimes unsettling change.
Wiltse's Sedition tells the true story of a man whose conscience forced him to stand up in defense of freedom of speech during World War I. Set on a college campus, the play poses the questions: What does it mean to be an American patriot? And what is freedom of speech? The Westport production will play August 23-September 8; no director has yet been named.
Among the plays under consideration to round out the theater's 2007 season are Auntie and Me, by Morris Panych; The Entertainer, by John Osborne; For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, by Michel Tremblay; The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams; The Innocents, by William Archibald; Mixed Company (working title), a show conceived by Billy Porter that combines the words of William Shakespeare with the songs of Stephen Sondheim; Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck; and Time of My Life, by Alan Ayckbourn.
For further information, call 203-227-4177 or visit the website www.westportplayhouse.org.
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