Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays, currently playing on Broadway iin "The Best Man", will head the cast of the inventive comedy/thriller, "Stage Struck" by Simon Gray, a Script in Hand playreading at Westport Country Playhouse, on Monday, March 12, 7 p.m.
The cast includes Jayne Atkinson, Michel Gill and Doug Stender. Anne Keefe, Playhouse artistic advisor, directs.
Tickets to the one-night-only event are $15.
"Stage Struck" is about an ex-stage manager (Mays) "who now keeps house for his bread-winning actress-wife (Atkinson) while amusing himself with various sexual adventures. He is a thoroughly happy man until his wife informs him, based on a psychiatrist's advice, that she is throwing him out and cutting him off. He plans revenge on his wife and the psychiatrist (Stender), drawing on his stagecraft expertise and delving into his old bag of theatrical tricks."
Mays last appeared at Westport Country Playhouse in Outward Bound. On Broadway, he is currently in The Best Man, and won a Tony Award for I Am My Own Wife. Other Broadway credits are Pygmalion, Journey’s End and Of Thee I Sing. Off-Broadway credits include Blood and Gifts, Measure for Measure, Lydie Breeze, Quills, Orestes.
Atkinson appeared at Westport Country Playhouse in Triangles for Two and Our Town, which transferred to Broadway. She starred on Broadway with Angela Lansbury in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. Other Broadway credits include Enchanted April and The Rainmaker with Woody Harrelson, both of which earned her Tony Award nominations.
Gray's plays also include Butley, Quartermaine's Terms, Otherwise Engaged and The Old Masters. He also wrote TV plays, film scripts and memoirs.
Information: 203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available online 24/7 at www.westportplayhouse.org.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun