Thousand Pines, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Westport Playhouse - Thousand Pines - Andrew Veenstra, Kelly Mcandrew, Katie Ailion - By Carol Rosegg The Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut presented the world premiere of the dramatic play, Thousand Pines written by Matthew Greene, directed by Austin Pendleton, with a tremendously talented cast of Katie Aillon, Anne Bates, Joby Earle, Kelly McAndrew, William Ragsdale, and Andrew Veenstra. This powerfully impactful tour-de-force play is one that will resonate long after audiences have left the Westport Country Playhouse. Thousand Pines runs until November 17, 2018 at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Westport Country Playhouse - Thousand Pines - Andrew Veenstra, Kelly McAndrew, Katie Aillon - Westport, CT - photo by C. Rosegg
Andrew Veenstra, Kelly McAndrew, Katie Aillon
Thousand Pines

We saw the play, Thousand Pines on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Westport County Playhouse, and we must admit that when we first heard about the play, we were dragging our feet a bit about whether or not we wanted to see this intense and dramatic play about the story of three families whose lives have been impacted and shattered by a shooting at their children's school, Thousand Pines. However, we did indeed go to see the play and once it started, this exceptionally told and acted story totally captivated us with its realism and its humanity. It is a story that goes beyond the tragedy of the school shooting by looking at the after-effects of how those families try to cope with their loss, how they try to make sense of a senseless act of violence, how some try to come to some form of acceptance, and ultimately, for a few, how they come to find a quiet peace in their hearts.

Westport Country Playhouse - Thousand Pines - Andrew Veenstra, William Ragsdale - Westport, CT - photo by C. Rosegg
Andrew Veenstra, William Ragsdale
Thousans Pines

Insightfully and powerfully written by the acclaimed playwright Matthew Greene and brilliantly directed by Austin Pendleton, the extremely talented cast of six (Katie Aillon, Anne Bates, Joby Earle, Kelly McAndrew, William Ragsdale, and Andrew Veenstra) play three different families.

Westport Country Playhouse - Thousand Pines - Kelly McAndrew, Anne Bates - Westport, CT - photo by C. Rosegg
Kelly McAndrew, Anne Bates
Thousand Pines

Against a beautifully crafted set by Walt Spangler, the play looks at the effect on each member of the families, as well as the impact on the community members, whose lives will forever be interwoven after a needless and violent tragedy that should never have happened. In an unfortunate time where school shootings continue to happen, this incredibly relevant play made a powerful impact on the audience resulting in a standing ovation. Thousand Pines is a play that left us emotionally wrought and is a play that should definitely be seen.

Westport Country Playhouse - Thousand Pines - Kelly McAndrew, William Ragsdale - Westport, CT - photo by C. Rosegg
Kelly McAndrew, William Ragsdale
Thousand Pines

Until next time, keep supporting the arts!

The play is performed without an intermission.

Westport Country Playhouse - Thousand Pines - Joby Earle, Andrew Veenstra, Kelly McAndrew - Westport, CT - photo by C. Rosegg
Joby Earle, Andrew Veenstra, Kelly McAndrew
Thousand Pines

Watch the teaser trailer: https://youtu.be/UgtaAIWpd0Q

Thousand Pines Cast:

Katie Aillon

Actor 5

Anne Bates

Actor 3

Joby Earle

Actor 4

Kelly McAndrew

Actor 1

William Ragsdale

Actor 2

Andrew Veenstra

Actor 6

Westport Country Playhouse - Thousand Pines - William Ragsdale, Katie Aillon, Joby Earle, Andrew Veenstra, Kelly McAndrew, Anne Bates - Westport, CT - photo by C. Rosegg
William Ragsdale, Katie Aillon, Joby Earle
Andrew Veenstra, Kelly McAndrew, Anne Bates
Thousand Pines

The Creative Team:

Matthew Greene

Playwright

Austin Pendleton

Director

Walt Spangler

Set Designer

Barbara A. Bell

Costume Designer

Xavier Pierce

Lighting Designer

Ryan Rumery

Sound Designer and Costumer

Michael Rossmy

Fight Director

Tara Rubin Casting

Casting

Roxanne Khan

Production Stage Manager

Page Tazewell

Assistant Stage Manager

Mark Lamos

Artistic Director

Michael Barker

Managing Director

Thousand Pines performance schedule is Tuesday at 7:00 pm, Wednesday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Special series feature Taste of Tuesday, LGBT Night OUT, Opening Night, Sunday Symposium, Open Captions, Thursday Talk Back, Together at the Table Family Dinner, Playhouse Happy Hour, and Backstage Pass.

For information on the play or to purchase tickets, please call the box office at +1-203-227-4177 or call the toll-free number at 1-888-927-7529 or visit them on the website at www.WestportPlayhouse.org.

The Westport Country Playhouse Box Office is open during Performance Days Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm until 8:30 pm, Saturday from 11:00 am until 8:30 pm, Sunday from 11:00 am until 3:30 pm, and is closed on Monday. Non-Performance Days, the Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm and is closed on Monday.

The Westport Country Playhouse named as "Theatre Company of the Year" in December 2013 by The Wall Street Journal, opened in the 1930s in a transformed 1835 cow barn, which has, and continues to attract, a "who's who" of prominent actors. Looking at the framed posters of past shows that line the lobby walls was like entering an encyclopedia of the arts. A few of the many renowned actors who have appeared on the stage there include Ethyl Barrymore, Dorothy and Lillian Gish, Tallulah Bankhead, Gloria Swanson, Don Ameche, Hume Croninand Jessica Tandy, Jane Fonda, Danny Aiello, Blythe Danner, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Dreyfus, Whoopi Goldberg, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Lynn Redgrave, Gene Wilder, and Westport residents Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.

"Westport Country Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater, serves as acultural nexus for patrons, artists and students and is a treasured resource for the State of Connecticut. There are no boundaries to the creative thinking for future seasons or the kinds of audiences and excitement for theater that Westport Country Playhouse can build."

For information on upcoming events and other performances, please visit the website: www.WestportPlayhouse.org.

Upcoming Performances - 2018

Plays 2018 Season

Dates Running

Thousand Pines

October 30 - November 17, 2018

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

December 5 - 22, 2018

Upcoming Performances - 2019

Plays 2019 Season

Dates Running

Skeleton Crew

June 4-22, 2019

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

July 16-August 3, 2019

Mlima's Tale

October 1 - 19, 2019

Don Juan

November 5 - 23, 2019

Westport Country Playhouse - Westport, CT, USA

Westport Country Playhouse
25 Powers Court
Westport, Connecticut 06880
United States
Box Office: +1-203-227-4177
Toll-Free: +1-888-927-7529
Fax: +1-203-454-3239
Box Office: +1-203-227-4177
Website: www.WestportPlayhouse.org
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