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Westport Community Theatre Stages 'Camping with Henry and Tom'

The Westport Community Theatre is presenting Mark St. Germain’s "Camping with Henry and Tom," through Oct. 2.  Pictured are, from left, Rob Pawlikowski as Thomas Edison, Sam Mink as President Warren Harding and Alexander Kulcsar as Henry Ford.
The Westport Community Theatre is presenting Mark St. Germain’s "Camping with Henry and Tom," through Oct. 2. Pictured are, from left, Rob Pawlikowski as Thomas Edison, Sam Mink as President Warren Harding and Alexander Kulcsar as Henry Ford. Photo Credit: contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport Community Theatre's first production of the season, Camping with Henry and Tom, opened on Friday, Sept. 16 and will be staged on weekends through Sunday, Oct. 2.

The show, written by Mark St. Germain, is directed by Ruth Anne Baumgartner and produced by Joan Lasprogato.

Camping with Henry and Tom 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 Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s annual camping trips — to create a comedic and dramatic 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 thoughtfully explores friendship, politics, and leadership. St. Germain’s play was a winner in the 1995 Off Broadway Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Play of the season.

Baumgartner has 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.

The cast consists of Alexander Kulcsar, Sam Mink, Rob Pawlikowski and Russ Martin. 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.

Camping with Henry and Tom is produced by arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., and has performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $28, $26 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at westportcommunitytheatre.com or by calling (203) 226-1983. The Westport Community Theatre is located at the Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.

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