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Hersam Acorn Newspapers http://www.acorn- online.com/joomla15/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30746:westport-playhouse- llamos-to-direct-that-championship-season&catid=81:arts-features&Itemid=908 Westport Playhouse: Llamos to direct That Championship Season Written by Sally Sanders Monday, June 22, 2009 Mark Lamos will direct That Championship Season at Westport Country Playhouse, his first production since being named artistic director in February 2009 at the historic theater in Westport. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award, That Championship Season by Jason Miller will be the fifth production in the playhouse’s six- play 2009 season. It will run Aug. 25 through Sept. 12. “This classic American play is a richly dramatic feast for five actors — a raucous, savage, occasionally riotous examination of men who can’t escape their shared past and their present illusions,” said Lamos. “David Kennedy, our associate artistic director, drew my attention to the play, and as soon as I read it I was compelled by its dazzling dialogue and swift dramatic action. I think it’s a great balance to the rest of the season so far.” 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. Mark Lamos is a director of plays, musicals and opera. Named Westport Country Playhouse artistic director earlier this year, his first official season of artistic programming will be for the Playhouse’s 80th anniversary year in 2010. The New York Times called him “a poet of the theater,” and his work receives a chapter in Samuel L. Leiter’s The Great Stage Directors: 100 Distinguished Careers of the Theater, along with legendary directors of the 20th Century. Lamos spent 17 seasons as artistic director of Connecticut’s Hartford Stage, for which he accepted the Tony Award in 1989. He made his Broadway directing debut with a transfer from Hartford Stage of Our Country’s Good, for which he received a Tony Award nomination as Best Director. Single tickets range from $35 to $55; opening night tickets, including post-performance reception, are $65. Students and educators are eligible for 50% discounts. Groups of 10 or more save up to 30%. (For group sales information call 203-227-5137, x120.) 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.
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