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Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Westport Playhouse Partners with Ridgefield for 2004 Season

The Westport Country Playhouse, maintaining the-show-must-go-on tradition, has partnered with The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts for its 2004 season while the Westport venue undergoes a major renovation.

The Playhouse said it will produce a shortened season of two plays and a series of special events utilizing the Ridgefield venue as a temporary home while construction takes place. The Playhouse will reopen in 2005, its 75th anniversary year.

In a news release, the Playhouse said its management visited two dozen different venues in Fairfield County in search of an interim stage.

“The Ridgefield Playhouse came out on top for several reasons,” said Joanne Woodward, the Playhouse’s artistic director. “First, it is close to Westport, only 15 miles door-to-door.

It’s a beautiful theatre, recently restored in 2000, with comfortable seating, great sightlines, convenient parking, and all the backstage necessities to produce theatre of the caliber that we strive to bring our audiences.”

In addition to the two plays at The Ridgefield Playhouse, the Kids’ Playhouse will be presented at a location in Westport to be determined, the Playhouse said.

Other Playhouse programming for the transitional 2004 season, including music, film, staged readings, and more, is currently under consideration and will be announced at a later date, the announcement said.

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Posted 08/26/03 at 11:16 AM  Permalink



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