Artistic & Management Coordinator
|Jake Robards and Jolie Curtsinger lead a post-show |
talkback with New Works Circle Members
The New Works Circle is a fund developed this year by Westport Country Playhouse donors for the purpose of supporting new plays, both at home on the Playhouse stage and in the greater theater community. Our group gathered for a pre-show dinner at the (delicious) West Bank Café, then headed just across the street to The Beckett Theatre, situated in 42nd Street’s famous Theatre Row building. All were excited going into the production, not just for the opportunity to see a new play, but for the chance to see a familiar and beloved face front and center on the stage.
Promising, directed by Broadway vet Terry Berliner, tells the story of a ‘promising’ young politician and what an ‘alleged’ scandal does to his career, his image, his relationships, and his life. Undeniably contemporary and unafraid of pushing the envelope, Promising is exactly what a young theater professional (like myself) is looking for in a new play. Jake Robards plays this politician in question, providing a captivating portrayal of a man the audience just can’t seem to figure out.
|Anna Czekaj-Farber, Barbara Streicker, Scott Phares, |
Judy Phares, Jake Robards and Howard Aibel after Promising
Jake also offered some interesting insights on working on a new play as an actor. He noted that the collaboration between actor and playwright, as well as that between playwright and director, are so important in the development of a new play. The New Works Circle was thrilled to watch and learn about a new play, and looks forward to more outings like this one in the future. If you’d like more information on the New Works Circle, or would like to become a member, please email Samantha Goober at firstname.lastname@example.org.