Saturday, August 09, 2003
Westport Playhouse Sets Renovation Fundraiser
Its an all-star cast for a Westport Country Playhouse event to raise funds to support the renovation of the historic structure.
An announcement said Carole King, Paul Newman, and Robin Williams will headline the Oct. 9 event at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich.
Called “Breaking New Ground: A Celebration!,” the evening will pay homage to the Playhouse with a look back at the history of the theatre and the many luminaries that have performed there. There will be cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, a live auction, and celebrity entertainment.
A model of the renovated Westport Country Playhouse to reopen in 2005. Westport Country Playhouse photo
Playhouse artistic director Joanne Woodward, who with her husband are long-time Westport residents, said of the benefit, “Getting Paul to even go to anything like this is a major coup, and we have him as our auctioneer. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if he wears a suit.”
Among the other major celebrities lending their support are actress Olivia de Haviland as honorary chair and Miramax CEO and part-time Westport resident Harvey Weinstein as corporate chair.
The announcement described the event as being of special importance to the success of the ғCampaign for a New Era, a $30.5 million campaign to renovate and expand the Playhouse.
The campaign will also support artistic enrichment and education program development, property acquisition, and endowment. To date, organizers have raised more than $17.5 million.
The Playhouse will close its 73rd summer season with the Irish Repertory Theatre’s musical production of the Victorian melodrama, “The Streets of New York,” Aug.27-Sept.13.
It was the first play produced at the Playhouse in 1931 and returns as the grand finale prior to the 18-month renovation project. The 2004 season will be produced off-site while construction takes place. The refurbished Playhouse will reopen in 2005 for its 75th anniversary year.
Admission for “Breaking New Ground: A Celebration!” is by reservation only. Tickets range from $500 to $2000 per person. Tables of 10 range from $25,000 to $50,000.
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