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Westport Playhouse: Llamos to direct That Championship
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

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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