Long Wharf Theatre and Westport Country Playhouse Collaborate on Ticket Offer on Two Celebrated Plays

Connecticut residents have a unique opportunity to see two plays examining America’s complex issues with race, produced by Long Wharf Theatre and Westport Country Playhouse, while paying one low price. Long Wharf Theatre and Westport Country Playhouse are offering an $80 ticket package for their respective productions: the 1959 classic A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and the 2012 Tony Award-winner it inspired, Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris.

For $80, patrons will be able to purchase a package of tickets to selected performances of both plays. The package can be purchased from either theater.  The special offer is available through Friday, September 7.

“To my knowledge, this is the first time we’ve crossed county lines to do a promotion of this sort,“ said David B. Byrd, Westport Country Playhouse director of marketing.  “We’re thrilled about this unique collaboration between two of our State’s flagship producing theaters in addition to raising the profile of these important productions.”

“We have the utmost respect for the work Westport Country Playhouse has done over the years and are delighted to have the chance to work closely with them on this promotion,” said Steve Scarpa, Long Wharf Theatre’s director of marketing and communications. “I know that both theatres are excited to have the opportunity to share their work with a larger audience.”

Phylicia Rashad will direct the powerful classic A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry at Westport Country Playhouse this fall. The Tony Award-nominated play tells the story of the Youngers, a black family in 1950s Southside Chicago, and their quest for a piece of the American Dream. A towering drama, a play of passionate intensity and raw emotion, with complex characters who work their way into the hearts and minds of an audience, A Raisin in the Sun is a genuine 20th century American masterpiece.

Long Wharf Theatre’s spring 2013 production of Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris and directed by Associate Artistic Director Eric Ting, takes up where A Raisin in the Sun leaves off. Race and real estate collide in this outrageously funny and provocative Pulitzer Prize-winning new play. The action begins in 1959 in a small suburb of Chicago when a nervous group of neighbors are trying to talk their friends out of selling their home to a black family. Fast forward to the same house 50 years later when sparks fly as a white family attempts to move into the now predominantly African-American neighborhood. Long Wharf Theatre Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein believes that Clybourne Park is one of the most important plays on race penned in the last decade.

Westport Country Playhouse’s A Raisin in the Sun performances eligible for the offer include: Tues., Oct. 9 through Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m.; Tues., Oct. 16, at 8 p.m.; and Wed., Oct. 17, at 2 p.m.

Long Wharf Theatre’s Clybourne Park performances eligible for the offer include:   Wed., May 8, at 7 p.m.; Thurs., May 9 through Sat., May 11, at 8 p.m.; Sun., May 12, at 7 p.m.; and Tues., May 14, at 7 p.m.

The special offer is subject to availability; cannot be combined with any other special offer or discount; not applicable on previously purchased tickets at either theater; best available seating at both theaters; phone sales and walk-up only; and no refunds, no exchanges.
For more information or tickets, Long Wharf Theatre’s box office at 203-787-4282, or visit 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT. www.longwharf.org, or contact the Westport Country Playhouse box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. www.westportplayhouse.org.

About the Theatres

Long Wharf Theatre (Gordon Edelstein, Artistic Director and Joshua Borenstein, Managing Director), in its 48th season, is recognized as a leader in American theatre, producing fresh and imaginative revivals of classics and modern plays, rediscoveries of neglected works and a variety of world and American premieres. More than 30 Long Wharf productions have transferred virtually intact to Broadway or Off-Broadway, some of which include February House, The Glass Menagerie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays Wit by Margaret Edson, The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer and The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn. The theatre is an incubator of new works, including Have You Seen Us? by Athol Fugard. Long Wharf Theatre has received New York Drama Critics Awards, Obie Awards, the Margo Jefferson Award for Production of New Works, a Special Citation from the Outer Critics Circle and the Tony® Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. www.longwharf.org

Westport Country Playhouse is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, professional theater under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos and management leadership of Michael Ross.  The Playhouse creates five live theater experiences, produced at the highest level, from April through October. Its vital mix of works—dramatic, comedic, occasionally exploratory and unusual—expands the audience’s sense of what theater can be.  The depth and scope of its productions display the foremost theatrical literature from the past—recent as well as distant—in addition to musicals and premieres of new plays.  During the summer, the Playhouse is home to the Woodward Internship Program, renowned for the training of aspiring theater professionals.  Winter at the Playhouse, from November through March, offers events outside of the main season—Family Festivities presentations, Script in Hand play readings and a Holiday Festival.  In addition, businesses and organizations are encouraged to rent the handsome facility for their meetings, receptions and fundraisers.

As an historic venue, Westport Country Playhouse has had many different lives leading up to the present. Originally built in 1835 as a tannery manufacturing hatters’ leathers, it became a steam-powered cider mill in 1880, later to be abandoned in the 1920s.  Splendidly transformed into a theater in 1931, it initially served as a try-out house for Broadway transfers, evolving into an established stop on the New England straw hat circuit of summer stock theaters through the end of the 20th century.  Following a multi-million dollar renovation completed in 2005, the Playhouse became a state-of-the-art producing theater, preserving its original charm and character.

Today, the not-for-profit Westport Country Playhouse serves as a cultural nexus for patrons, artists and students and is a treasured resource for the State of Connecticut.  There are no boundaries to the creative thinking for future seasons or the kinds of audiences and excitement for theater that Westport Country Playhouse can build.