Westport Country Playhouse Announces 2023 Season

Westport Country Playhouse’s Jason Robards Theatre. (Photo by Beth Huisking/Westport Country Playhouse contributed)

93rd Season for historic theater includes a musical, a thriller, a comedy, and a classic, and more 7 p.m. curtain times by popular demand

Westport Country Playhouse announces its upcoming 93rd Season, from April to November 2023, featuring five productions, including a musical, “Ain’t Misbehavin’; a thriller, “Dial ‘M’ for Murder”; a comedy, “School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play”; and a classic, “Antigone.”

“Inspired by our audience, we’ve decided to lift up everything we love about theater and find joy together,” said Mark Lamos, the Playhouse’s artistic director, who will begin his 15th season in 2023. “Through thick and thin, we keep returning to theater to form a community, to connect to our past, and to imagine a better future. Three cheers for live theater, and to five entertaining, moving, and thoughtful shows that we know will bring you joy in 2023.”

Current season ticket holders renewing on or before Friday, September 23, will receive a guest pass good for one free ticket to any 2023 production to share with a friend. Other subscription benefits include the same priority seats, substantial savings over single ticket prices, flexible ticket exchanges, restaurant discounts, and more. Season ticket packages for new subscribers will go on sale in mid-October. Single tickets will be available early next year.

Three-week runs will return in 2023, replacing the condensed two-week schedule during 2022, and more 7 p.m. curtain times will be offered by popular demand.

Opening the 2023 season will be the Tony Award®-winning musical, “Ain’t Misbehavin,” celebrating in sassy song and dance the legendary jazz great Fats Waller, playing April 11 through April 29. An exciting new vision by director/choreographer Jeffrey L. Page, the production recently received a “Critic’s Pick” in The New York Times. The musical is conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr. Co-producers are Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA, and Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY.

A reimagining of “Dial ‘M’ for Murder,” the suspenseful thriller of blackmail and revenge, will be directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, from May 30 through June 17. Focusing on a devious husband, his wealthy wife, and her lover, the play by Frederick Knott is adapted by playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher, who has created even more surprises and diabolic twists than in the celebrated Hitchcock film.

A world premiere modern translation and adaptation of Sophocles’ “Antigone” by Kenneth Cavander will play August 29 through September 16, 2023, directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. More resonant today than ever before, this gripping drama explores the nature of power and resistance as a determined young woman bravely defies a tyrannical king.

The 2023 Season will culminate with “School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play” by Jocelyn Bioh, from October 24 through November 11, 2023. This buoyant and biting, gossip-girl-inspired comedy explores the universal similarities — and glaring differences — facing teenage girls across the globe as those at an exclusive boarding school in Ghana set their sights on the Miss Global Universe pageant.

The production slated for July 11 through July 29 is TBA.

All titles, artists, dates, and times are subject to change.

The performance schedule is Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 7 p.m., Thursday at 7p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.  (No Wed. or Sat. matinees during preview week). Special series include Taste of Tuesdays, LGBTQ+ Night Out, Opening Night, Sunday Symposium, Post-Play Dialogue, Open Captions, Backstage Pass, and Thursday TalkBack,

For complete 2023 season details and season ticket information, visit: https://www.westportplayhouse.org/2023seasontickets

For updates on Covid-19 health and safety protocols at the Playhouse, visit https://www.westportplayhouse.org/visit/covid19safety/

For more information and to buy tickets, 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).

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