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Cast announced for 'Over the River' reading

Published 5:02 pm, Thursday, November 8, 2012
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The cast for a Script in Hand playreading of "Over the River and Through the Woods" has been announced.

It will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport.

The play, by Joe DiPietro, is a comedy about a single, Italian-American guy who visits his beloved, though annoying, grandparents every Sunday for dinner.

The cast includes Matthew Amendt, Nicole Lowrance, David Marguiles, Frances Sternhagen, Maria Tucci, and Lenny Wolpe, according to a release. Director is Anne Keefe, the playhouse's artistic advisor.

Amendt, who will play Nick, appeared in the playhouse's "Tartuffe" this season. Off-Broadway, he played the title role in "Henry V" and was in "The Subject Was Roses" and "The Misanthrope." He is a 2000 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, has a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting from the University of Minnesota and is an Ivey Award winner for writing/performing in "The Comedian's Tragedy."

Lowrance, who will portray Caitlin, performed in the playhouse's "Beyond Therapy" and "David Copperfield." On Broadway, she is currently understudying the role of Honey in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," and was in "Dividing the Estate." Off-Broadway work includes "The Merchant of Venice," "All's Well That Ends Well," and "Don Juan," the release states.

Marguiles, who will play Nunzio, appeared on Broadway in a 2003 revival of "Wonderful Town," a 1996 revival of "A Thousand Clowns," "Angels in America: Perestroika," "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches," "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "The Iceman Cometh." On television, he played Tony Soprano's lawyer Neil Mink in HBO's "The Sopranos."

Playhouse appearances by Frances Sternhagen, who will portray Aida, include "Triple Play," "On Golden Pond," "All My Sons" and a Script in Hand playreading of "The Golden Age." She received two Tony Awards for "The Good Doctor" and "The Heiress." She was nominated five other times for "Equus," "On Golden Pond," "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window," "Angel" and "Morning's at Seven." She also portrayed the title character in off-Broadway's "Driving Miss Daisy," the release states.

Tucci, who will play Emma, was in a Script in Hand playreading of "Morning's at Seven" earlier this season at the playhouse. On Broadway, she received Tony nominations for "The Rose Tattoo" and "Requiem for a Heavyweight." Other Broadway credits include "Mary Stuart," "Night of the Iguana," Athol Fugard's "A Lesson from Aloes," "Mrs. Warren's Profession," "Collected Stories," "Filumena," which she translated, and "A Man for All Seasons."

Wolpe, who will portray Frank, was in the playhouse's "She Loves Me." On Broadway, he currently is in "Old Jews Telling Jokes." Also, he portrayed the Wizard in "Wicked" and appeared in "The Drowsy Chaperone," "The Sound of Music," "Copperfield," "Mayor," "Into the Light," and "Onward Victoria." Regional theater roles include The Baker in "The Baker's Wife," opposite Alice Ripley, Herbie in "Gypsy," opposite Betty Buckley, and Tevye in six productions of "Fiddler on the Roof."

DiPietro won two Tony Awards for co-writing "Memphis," which also received the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical. He wrote the book of the current Broadway musical, "Nice Work If You Can Get It." His other plays and musicals include "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change;" "The Toxic Avenger" and "The Thing About Men; "The Art of Murder:" and the Broadway musical "All Shook Up." His drama "Creating Claire" debuted at George Street Playhouse in 2010.

Keefe served as the playhouse's artistic director, with Joanne Woodward, in 2008 and as associate artistic director from 2000-2006, also with Woodward.

Tickets to the "Over the River and Through the Woods" reading are $15. Tickets for the reading and post-performance dessert reception with the cast in the playhouse's Sheffer Studio are $50 ($15 for reading plus a $35 donation for reception). The reception will include Italian desserts and Prosecco.

For information or tickets, call the box office at 203-227-4177, go to the playhouse, or visit www.westportplayhouse.org.