Woody Guthrie-Inspired Hootenanny at Westport Playhouse, Dec. 8

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse will present a Woody Guthrie-inspired hootenanny on Friday, December 8, 7 to 9 p.m., in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center, adjacent to the theater.  The admission-free event, open to the public by reservation, invites the audience to bring an instrument, sing along, or clap to the rhythms. 

Leading the hootenanny will be David M. Lutken, who plays the title role in the Playhouse’s upcoming musical, “Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie,” a summer ‘17 off-Broadway hit.  Other cast members will also be joining the informal, unamplified jam session.

All acoustic instruments are welcome, including the array used in “Woody Sez,” from guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, to dulcimer, harmonica and spoons. All skill levels are welcome.

During the hootenanny, the Playhouse will offer 20%-off tickets to “Woody Sez,” running January 9-20. The discount will be available only on Friday evening, December 8; in-person purchases only.  Ticket discounts are not valid on previously purchased tickets and are subject to availability. 

Snacks and beverages, including wine and beer, will be available for purchase at the hootenanny.

For reservations to the admission-free hootenanny, contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 203-227-4177.

“Woody Sez,” the joyful, touching, and tumultuous tale of “America’s greatest folk poet,” is told in Guthrie’s own words with over two dozen of his indelible songs, including “This Land Is Your Land,” “Union Maid,” “Deportees,” and “This Train Is Bound for Glory.”  Performances for the limited engagement from January 9 – 20 are Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. “Woody Sez” tickets are $35, $45, and $50.

For more information, visit www.westportplayhouse.org or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

About Westport Country Playhouse

The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering: Live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training and performance opportunities through Broadway Method Academy, WCP’s resident conservatory; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.


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