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Westport Historical Society Hosts An Evening Of Theater Magic

The Westport Historical Society will host a reading of Michael Wolfson’s play 'Legerdemaine.'
The Westport Historical Society will host a reading of Michael Wolfson’s play 'Legerdemaine.' Photo Credit: Westport Historical Society

WESTPORT, Conn. - A reading of Michael Wolfson’s play “Legerdemaine” will be presented by the Fifth Letter Production on Thursday, June 26, at the Westport Historical Society.

The program starts at 7 p.m. in the Society’s Sheffer Gallery. Light refreshments will be served.

Wolfson’s play takes place in the 1920s, a time devoted to fun and excess. It tells the story of a small-time magician who is bested during a performance by a young woman with a card trick he can't duplicate. When she divulges the secret, his career skyrockets. Yearning for more fame, he seeks her out again and learns the true cost of his ambition.

Fifth Letter is a professional Actors Equity company founded two years ago by Elizabeth Donnelly and Ed Walsh, who met as undergraduates in Fairfield University’s theater program.

According to its mission statement, the troupe seeks “not only to entertain, but to challenge and inspire our audiences and produce work that examines the human spirit and provokes us to better ourselves.” Since its founding, the company has produced new works by Connecticut playwrights as well as staged readings as benefits for local organizations.

The event at the Westport Historical Society promises to bring an evening of well-acted drama in a cozy, informal setting. So come out and watch Wolfson’s striving sleight-of-hand artist as he learns “the true cost of ambition.”

To reserve a seat, call 203-222-1424. A $10 donation is requested. To learn more about the Westport Historical Society, visit www.westporthistory.org .

The society is located at 25 Avery Place across from Westport Town Hall.

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