WESTPORT, Conn. -- Fairfield residents Alexander Kulcsar and Ruth Anne Baumgartner are performing in Westport Community Theatre’s first production of the 2016-17 season, "Camping with Henry and Tom," written by Mark St. Germain.
"Camping with Henry and Tom" is produced by arrangement with Samuel French Inc. and has performances through Oct. 2. The shows are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $28, $26 for seniors and students.
The show, directed by Baumgartner and produced by Joan Lasprogato, takes place in 1921, on a camping trip that includes Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding.
St. Germain builds on an actual event — the inclusion of the U.S. president in one of Ford and Edison’s annual camping trips — to create a clash of two great minds and one great heart of the 20th century.
They find that, like all visits to the “green world,” this escape into the wild is no escape at all.
The play explores friendship, politics, and leadership.
Ruth Anne Baumgartner is no newcomer to Westport Community Theatre, having directed many shows for WCT that include "Light Up the Sky," "Souvenir," "Mr. Pim Passes By," "The Seafarer," "Ice Glen," "The Glass Menagerie," and "Measure for Measure."
She is the author of the full-length play "The Revenge Tragedy: A Comedy" and the one-act “Miss Tempy’s Watchers.” She also serves on the boards of directors of WCT and Town Players of Newtown.
Kulcsar, who plays Ford, most recently appeared in "The Outgoing Tide" at Square One Theatre in Stratford, for which he received the 2016 Subscribers’ Award for Outstanding Actor.
He has been seen at WCT in "A Picasso" (which he also directed), "The Seafarer," "Copenhagen," and Jerry Hatcher’s "Turn of the Screw." He has also directed "The Best Man," "Sherlock’s Last Case," "Angel Street," "The Dazzle," "The Goat," "On An Average Day," and last season’s "Private Lives with WCT."
St. Germain’s play was a winner in the 1995 Off Broadway Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Play of the season.
The WCT Camping cast also consists of Sam Mink, Rob Pawlikowski and Russ Martin.
Mink is cast as Harding. He has appeared in "The Miracle Worker," "The Crucible," "Orson's Shadow, ""The Hound of the Baskervilles," "Proof," and "Glengarry Glen."
Pawlikowski, who is in the role of Edison, has appeared at WCT in "Godspell," "The Seafarer," "Measure for Measure," and "Living Together." He also directed the WCT production of "The Front Page."
Martin is Col. Edmund Starling in the current production (and also stage manager). He has been working in film and television since 2002, previously working in film crew positions and now producing documentaries, TV pilots, live theater, sketch comedies and independent features.
Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 203-226-1983.
The Westport Community Theatre is located at the Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.