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Playhouse Hosts ‘Letters to Our Daughters’ March 8

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Westport Country Playhouse has scheduled its second annual “Letters to Our Daughters,” a free event, for Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m.

Curated by Samantha Goober and Anne Keefe, the event will feature a diverse group of 13 women, including Tony Award winners Joanna Gleason and Judith Ivey, and “This Is Us” series regular Susan Kelechi Watson reading essays and poems by female authors on global women’s issues, Playhouse officials said.

“International Women’s Day is a great way of reminding us to celebrate the women in our lives, not just on this day, but every day,” said Goober.

“On March 8 we are looking forward to welcoming a group of vibrant women on our stage with a wealth of different backgrounds and experiences to share the words of an equally vibrant group of women writers from around the world,” she added.

Keefe, Playhouse associate artist, said that since last year’s presentation was sold out, she plans “to bring back some favorite readings from 2017 and add new selections that have resonance given our collective experiences over the past year.”

“Along with serious moments, we’ll have lighter reflections as well,” Keefe said.

According to the announcement, the readers of works by female writers will include: Farah Bala, actor in ABC’s “Quantico, HBO’s “High Maintenance,” Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” and social justice advocate/organizer; Danielle Davenport, actor and writer currently appearing in the second season of Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete”; Gleason, Tony Award-winning actor for “Into the Woods” and Tony nominee for “Joe Egg”; Wilhelmina Hartong, writer, award-winning standup comedienne, and theater teacher at Regional High School for the Arts in Trumbull; and Alicia Hernandez Strong, a senior at Wesleyan University and a political activist from New Britain.

According to Keefe, the title “Letters to Our Daughters” is taken from a collection of essays by Maya Angelou titled “Letters to My Daughter.” Keefe said that in the spirit of her words, the title was adopted and changed to reflect this event.

“We really want to take a moment to celebrate women – their strengths, their stories, their extraordinary lives,” said Goober. “We hope our community members will come to the Playhouse on March 8, so we can enjoy just a handful of the millions of stories women around our world have to tell.”

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. More information on International Women’s Day is available at

Tickets are free-of-charge by reservation by calling the Playhouse’s box office at (203)227-4177, emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or in person at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1.

Online reservations are unavailable for this event. Seating is reserved and there is a limit of two free tickets per household. Playhouse officials said the program is geared for ages 14 and up.

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