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Playhouse to Host Kickoff Event March 30

The Westport Country Playhouse will host a 2019 Season Kickoff event on Saturday, March 30, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., offering a fun atmosphere with food trucks and beer tastings.

In addition, the Playhouse box office will be open during the event for special, day-of/in person-only ticket discounts. Admission is free and open to the public, an announcement said.

A preview of the 2019 season’s five productions will be hosted by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., with special guest appearances.

Plus, director and choreographer Marcos Santana will appear with “In the Heights” cast members who will sing selections from the Tony Award-winning musical, conceived by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Santana along with three of the actors in the Playhouse’s season opener performed in the original Broadway production of “In the Heights.”

Local food trucks, including Lobster Craft of Fairfield, Dough Girls of Greenwich, and Mama’s Food Truck of Stamford, will be on site with their specialties available for purchase from 4 to 5 p.m.

Free beer tastings will be provided by Two Roads Brewing Company of Stratford and Bad Sons Beer Company of Derby.

Two of the Playhouse’s restaurant partners, Westport’s Tavern on Main and Rizzuto’s, will serve complimentary dessert tastings.

Wine, soda, bottled water, coffee, and tea will be available for sale. Vendors are subject to change. Rain date is April 6.

The Playhouse’s 2019 Season, from April 23 through Nov. 23, features five-plays, including two musicals, two dramas, and a comedy.

The season will begin with “In the Heights,” with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, and directed and choreographed by Marcos Santana, from April 23 through May 11.

Before the smash hit “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda wowed audiences with “In the Heights,” a love letter to New York City’s famed Washington Heights, a vibrant community on the brink of change.

The gripping drama, “Skeleton Crew,” will be staged June 4 through June 22, written by prizewinning Motor City native Dominique Morisseau, and directed by LA Williams.

Rumor has it that Detroit’s last export auto plant will soon close. Four factory workers navigate opposing agendas and shifting power dynamics in their desperate attempts to survive whatever comes next.

“Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” with lyrics and music by Irving Berlin, book by Hershey Felder, and directed by Trevor Hay, will run July 16 through Aug. 3. From Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side to Broadway, Irving Berlin’s uplifting immigrant story epitomizes the American dream.

“Mlima’s Tale,” written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Mark Lamos, is scheduled Oct. 1 through Oct. 19. Mlima is a magnificent and beloved Kenyan elephant, killed by poachers for his coveted ivory tusks. As traffickers of Mlima’s bounty maneuver the illicit ivory market, the animal’s invincible spirit follows their path of desire, greed, crime, and corruption in this powerfully theatrical fable.

The 2019 season culminates with Molière’s “Don Juan,” a world premiere translation and adaptation by Brendan Pelsue, directed by David Kennedy, playing Nov. 5 through Nov. 23.

All play titles, artists, and dates are subject to change.

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