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Proud Champs

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The Westport Little League girls softball 10-under all stars tonight won the divisional tournament, defeating Darien 8-2 in Orange. Westport will play Shelton in the sectional championship game on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Old Tavern Park in Orange for a chance to advance to the states. Pictured (l-r, top row)  Coach Jeff Schwartz and Manager Jeff Green (middle row) Elle DesMarteau, Maddie Hill, Allyson Currier, Niamh Dougherty, Allison Schwartz, Ava Vincini, Grace Alfero, Dylan Halky, Natasha Taubenheim (bottom row) Gabby Lantier and Katie McGillion-Moore. Missing from photo: Coach Doug Bernstein, Sydelle Bernstein, and Amanda Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Insights on Playwriting from A. R. Gurney

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Playwright A. R. Gurney (c) today spoke about his world premiere comedy “Love & Money” at the Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday symposium following a matinee performance. The conversation with director Mark Lamos (r), who is the Playhouse artistic director, was moderated by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. Both Gurney and Lamos said the 80-minute play is a “work in progress.” Running at the Playhouse through Aug. 8, the co-production with New York’s Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre will officially open there in late August. Gurney said he has already made changes since the first Playhouse performance on Tuesday. “This makes it hard for the actors who have memorized their lines and performed them to have to change what they have memorized,” Gurney said.  “This is not unusual with a new play. As the actors perform, you may see something that needs changing. I want to do that. I don’t want anyone else doing the changing.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Staples Grads Come Up Big in Under 23 World Rowing

Two Westport Staples High School 2011 graduates came up big this weekend at the 2015 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

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Lizzy Youngling (2nd r.) with fellow crew members after winning two golds in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) U.S. Rowing Association photo

Lizzy Youngling, 22, was part of the winning U.S. crew today in the women’s eight, her second gold after winning a gold Saturday in the women’s four. She also won a gold in the 2013 women’s eight World Under 23 Championships.

Max Meyer-Bosse, 22, was part of the men’s eight, which won a silver medal today. He was also part of the men’s eight which won a silver in the 2013 Under 23 World Championships.

Youngling, a 2015 graduate of the University of Virginia, took up rowing in 2008 with the Saugatuck Rowing Club while Meyer-Bosse, a senior at Harvard University, joined the club two years before.

‘Love & Money” Cast Takes a Bow

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The cast of “Love & Money” takes a curtain call tonight at its special premiere invitational performance at the Westport Country Playhouse. The play, a new comedy by A. R. Gurney exploring the trials of class, family, legacy, and race, directed by Mark Lamos, runs through Aug. 8. A co-production with New York’s Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre, it will officially open there in late August. Pictured are (l-r)  Pamela Dunlap, Gabriel Brown, Maureen Anderman, Joe Paulik and Kayhun Kim. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Familiar Face at the Playhouse

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Among those attending tonight’s invitational performance of “Love & Money” at the Westport Country Playhouse was legendary film, theater, and television star Jane Powell, who visited the cast after the play in the theater’s green room. The 86-year-old actress rose to fame as a singer in her home state of Oregon, and signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer while still in her teens. Powell lives in Manhattan and in Wilton with her fifth husband, former child actor Dick Moore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com