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Westport Country Playhouse Script in Hand Playreading of Comedy “Breaking Legs”

Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of the comedy, “Breaking Legs” by Tom Dulack, on Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m.  The reading will be directed by Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and curator of the playreading series. Tickets are $20 each.

“Breaking Legs” takes place in an Italian restaurant owned by a successful mobster and managed by his daughter Angie.  Angie’s former college professor, Terrence, on whom she has a crush, arrives to ask for financial backing for a play he’s written.  When the mobster and his cohorts express interest in producing the work, the playwright is delighted - until he discovers that his backers are gangsters.  In this madcap comedy, murder and menace are served up with plenty of pasta and laughter.

“I remember laughing my way through this play at the Playhouse many years ago, and thought it deserved a revisit,” said Keefe.  “Stop by Positano Ristorante for a bowl of pasta beforehand to put you in the mood!”

Immediately following the playreading, ticket holders are invited to Positano Ristorante, located next to the Playhouse, for complimentary snacks and cash bar.

The “Breaking Legs” cast includes Mike Boland as Tino De Felice (WCP’s Script in Hand playreading of “Mister Roberts”; Broadway’s “An Enemy of the People”; Off-Broadway’s “The Orphans’ Home Cycle”; National Tours of “Twelve Angry Men,” “West Side Story,” “All My Sons”); Chris Henry Coffey as Terrence O’Keefe (WCP’s “The Dining Room,” “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” Script in Hand playreadings of “Sherlock Holmes, the Final Adventure,” “Other People’s Money”; New York’s “Bronx Bombers,” “Water by the Spoonful”); John Keating as Frankie Salvucci (WCP’s “David Copperfield,” “The Streets of New York,” and Script in Hand playreading of “Sherlock Holmes, the Final Adventure”; numerous productions with NY’s Irish Repertory Theatre; television’s “Boardwalk Empire”).

Also, Zoë Winters as Angie (WCP’s “Room Service” and Script in Hand playreading of “Pack of Lies”; New York’s “The Last Match,” “The Harvest,” “4000 Miles,” “Show for Days,” “Love Song”; winner of a Footlight Award for “The Imaginary Invalid”); Lenny Wolpe as Lou Graziano (WCP’s “She Loves Me,” Script in Hand playreadings of “Better Late,” “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” “Beau Jest,” “Over the River and Through the Woods”; Broadway’s “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Wicked,” “The Drowsy Chaperone”); and Evan Zes as Mike Francisco (WCP’s “Around the World in 80 Days”; New York’s “Incident at Vichy,” “Rent Control,” “Man and Superman”; Julie Taymor’s “The King Stagg” in London, “Dream Play” in Moscow;MFA from A.R.T/ Moscow Art Theatre at Harvard University).

Author Tom Dulack is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and director. His play “Incommunicado”won a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Grant, and “Friends Like These” won the Kaufman and Hart Prize for New American Comedy. Among his other plays are “The Road to Damascus,” ”Diminished Capacity,” “Just Deserts,” and “Solomon’s Child.”  Since 2005 he has written and directed more than 40 scripts for the Young People’s Concerts of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.  He is also professor of English Literature at the University of Connecticut.

Director Anne Keefe served as artistic director of Westport Country Playhouse with Joanne Woodward in 2008, and as associate artistic director from 2000-2006, also with Ms. Woodward. She co-directed with Ms. Woodward the Westport Country Playhouse production of “David Copperfield,” and directed many Script in Hand playreadings.

All artists are subject to change.

Corporate Sponsor for the Script in Hand series is Northwestern Mutual. The series is supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation. 

For more information and to buy tickets, visit 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 not-for-profit 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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