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Westport Country Playhouse Kicks Off 2016 Season With Block Party

Residents enjoying a previous Westport Country Playhouse Season Kickoff Block Party.
Residents enjoying a previous Westport Country Playhouse Season Kickoff Block Party. Photo Credit: Kat Gloor

WESTPORT, Conn. – The Westport Country Playhouse is hosting a 2016 Season Kickoff Block Party on Saturday, April 9 from 4-7 p.m.

The party will offer a fun, party-like atmosphere with food trucks, activities, prizes, special ticket offers and a look at the Playhouse’s “backstage experience.”

Admission is free and open to the public.

“Come party with the Playhouse,” said Elizabeth Marks Juviler, Playhouse director of community engagement and special events. “To celebrate the start of our 2016 Season, we’re throwing open the doors to the theater and offering lots of fun things to do, including self-guided tours."

Participants can win fun prizes by finding local art pieces in everyday places during the #ArtIsEverywhere scavenger hunt. There will be a George Seurat community art project in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center on the Playhouse campus, as well.

Local food trucks, including Bodega, The Bounty Truck, LobsterCRAFT and Skinny Pines Pizza will be on site with their specialties available for purchase. Shake Shack will offer complimentary custard. Music will be performed by Chenot.

The event will take place rain or shine. Box office promotions will include 25 percent off all single tickets, subscription and flex passes to the 2016 season’s five productions. The discounts will be available one-day-only, during the kick-off party from 4-7 p.m. with in-person purchases. Ticket discounts are not valid on previously purchased tickets and are subject to availability.

Westport Country Playhouse’s five-play 2016 season includes two Tony Award-winning plays staged in repertory, “Art” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, and “Red” by John Logan, directed by Mark Lamos, running May 3-29; the recent Off-Broadway comedy, “Buyer & Cellar” by Jonathan Tolins, running June 14-July 3; another Off-Broadway piece, “The Invisible Hand,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, running July 19-Aug. 6; Joe Orton’s comedy, “What the Butler Saw,” playing from Aug. 23-Sept. 10, directed by John Tillinger; and Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot,” running from Oct. 4-30, directed by Mark Lamos.

The Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport.

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