“Health issues” have forced Paul Newman to withdraw from directing a fall production at the Westport Country Playhouse, the Playhouse announced today. Paul Newman: “I’m very sorry.” WN file photo
A brief announcement did not specify what kind of issues the 83-year-old Newman is facing, but it followed what friends have said was persistent back trouble in recent months and what some tabloids have reported is a battle with cancer.
“Distinguished actor and director Paul Newman, who was slated to direct the fall production, ‘Of Mice and Men”’ by John Steinbeck, will step down from making his directorial debut at the Playhouse due to health issues,” the announcement said. “Tony Award-nominated director Mark Lamos will take the helm in Newman’s place.”
The announcement quoted Newman as saying: “I’m very sorry I can’t be part of this Westport Country Playhouse production, but I leave ‘Of Mice and Men’ in Mark Lamos’ very capable hands with the full support of my wife, Joanne Woodward, and Anne Keefe as Playhouse artistic directors.”
Danielle Cavanna, newly named education and grants manager at the Westport Arts Center, today gave a tour and talk for gallery visitors about installation art in the context of the current exhibition, “Color in 3D.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Molly Agnes Evans for WestportNow.com
9:30 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – Art in Context Talk: Installation Art, Danielle Cavanna 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Color in 3D” 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Found” 7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Fairfield Prep “Battle of the Bands” 7:30 p.m. – Westport Town Hall – Westport Arts Center presents the Claremont Trio 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Pavilion”
WestportNow won top honors tonight in the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual excellence in journalism awards for 2007.
It was the first year that the group opened its awards competition to Web-only publications.
WestportNow won in the Web: General Excellence, Independent category and in the Web: Breaking News Coverage category for its coverage of the April 2007 nor’easter and resulting flooding. Dave Matlow: Named finalist. WN file photo
In addition, WestportNow Editor Jennifer Connic and photographer Dave Matlow were named finalists in the Web: Breaking News Coverage category for their coverage of the controversial January 2007 demolition of the Paul Rudolph-designed home at 16 Minuteman Hill (See WestportNow Jan. 13, 2007), and Emily Hamilton Laux was named a finalist in the Web: Online Feature category for her story on Westporters reflecting on the death of artist Eric von Schmidt (See WestportNow Feb. 6, 2007).
Undaunted by threatening skies and chilly temperatures, the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston held their annual picnic today at Sherwood Island State Park. The picnic celebrated the close of the organization’s 30th year serving needs of the community. At the picnic, new officers were chosen with Bill Balch (l) elected to succeed outgoing president Robert Fatherly (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Taxi has been at the Connecticut Humane Society for several months waiting for her forever home. She is the Staff and Volunteer favorite and we cannot understand why she is still here. She has won our hearts and is our Shelter Sweetheart. Don’t miss the chance to come see this incredible girl and see what unconditional love is all about. Taxi loves nothing more than to cuddle with whomever she meets and roll over for belly rubs. She is approximately 2 ½ years old, spayed, up-to-date on all her shots, and simply wonderful. Please come spend some time with her and she will become your favorite as well! You can meet her at the Connecticut Humane Society in Westport at 455 Post Road East. (203-227-4137)