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Westport Country Playhouse Hosts A Conversation
With Scott Schwartz 6/28

Wednesday, June 17, 2009; Posted: 11:06 AM - by BWW News Desk

                                    Westport Country Playhouse will present a Sunday
                                    Symposium, "A Conversation with Director Scott Schwartz,"
                                    following the Sunday, June 28, 3 p.m. matinee performance
                                    of the musical, "tick, tick...BOOM!, which Schwartz directs.
                                    He also helmed the original off-Broadway production of
                                    "tick, tick... BOOM!," winner of the Outer Critics Circle
                                    Award for Outstanding Musical.

                                    Written by Jonathan Larson, who created the smash hit,
                                    "Rent," "tick, tick...BOOM!" is a captivating American
                                    musical about a young artist on the verge in New York City.

                                     The Playhouse Sunday Symposium program, free and open
                                     to the public, provides the audience with guest speakers' in-
                                     depth insights and observations about the production,
followed by an interactive dialogue. David Kennedy, Westport Country Playhouse associate
artistic director, will moderate the Sunday Symposium. It is open to all, including those who
attend a performance of "tick, tick...BOOM!" at another time. The Sunday Symposium is
supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

"I'm excited to host this conversation between our audience and Scott Schwartz, and to
benefit from his unique insight into this material" said Kennedy. "Scott led the creative team
that assembled the definitive version from the many manuscripts Jonathan Larson left behind.
And his passion for this musical is unrivaled. I can't think of a better resource on the subject
of "tick, tick...BOOM!'"

Scott Schwartz directed the original off-Broadway production of "tick, tick... BOOM!," as well
as the national tour, London and Los Angeles productions. On Broadway, he directed "Golda's
Balcony" and "Jane Eyre" (co-directed with John Caird). Off-Broadway, he helmed "Bat Boy:
The Musical," "Rooms - a rock romance," "The Foreigner" starring Matthew Broderick for
Roundabout Theatre, "Kafka's The Castle" and "No Way to Treat a Lady." Recent credits
include "Othello" and "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Alley Theatre and "Seven Brides for
Seven Brothers" at Paper Mill Playhouse and North Shore Music Theatre. For radio, he directed
the Grammy-nominated recording of "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," starring Richard
Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason. He is Associate Artist at the Alley Theatre and a graduate of
Harvard University. He was raised in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The cast of "tick, tick...BOOM!" includes Wilson Cruz ("Rent," "My So-called Life," "He's Just
Not That into You"), Colin Hanlon ("Rent," "Pirates of Penzance") and Pearl Sun ("Happiness,"
"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!," "Walmartopia").

The full schedule for "tick, tick...BOOM!" will run from June 23 - July 18, with performances
Tuesday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4
and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

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
theatre 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 theatres. Now celebrating its 79th 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, which has preserved its original charm and character. 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

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.