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Appropriate - Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Westport Playhouse - Appropriate - Betsy Aidem, David Aaron Baker - by crosegg American Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkin's powerful 2014 Obie Award winning play, Appropriate, at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut, brings three disparate siblings and their families to their father's crumbling, decaying plantation house in southeast Arkansas to dispose of the house after this death. What they discover during this process will forever change their lives. The play runs from August 15 until September 2, 2017.

Anna Crivelli, Shawn Fagan - Westport Country Playhouse - Appropriate - photo by C Rosegg
Anna Crivelli (River), Shawn Fagan (Franz)

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (born in 1984) is a young playwright to watch; he won coveted Obie Awards honoring excellence for Off-Broadway plays in 2014 for both of his plays, Appropriate, and An Octoroon, and his play, Gloria, was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


Besty Aidem, David Aaron Baker - Westport Country Playhouse - Appropriate - photo by C Rosegg
Betsy Aidem (Toni), David Aaron Baker (Bo)

In his play Appropriate, the family consisting of three siblings - an older sister and two brothers, and their respective families, gather together for a final weekend at their father's house before the contents and the house is sold, where they must sort, organize, and discard decades upon decades of layers of their father's possessions. A difficult task at any time, as anyone who has had to confront that will attest, but compounded by the siblings' anger, hostility, and resentment towards one another makes it an even more arduous task.


Besty Aidem, Christian Michael Camparin- Westport Country Playhouse - Appropriate - photo by C Rosegg
Betsy Aidem (Toni), Christian Michael Camporin (Ainsley)

Having mostly grown up in Washington, DC, they return to the broken-down ancestral house in Arkansas, which can also be viewed as the embodiment of the three siblings' dysfunctionality and resentment towards one another, where the decay and unravelling of their family's history and their own lives comes crashing down around them.


Anna Crivelli, Allison Winn- Westport Country Playhouse - Appropriate - photo by C Rosegg

Anna Crivelli (River),Allison Winn (Cassie)

Leading separate lives with little or no contact with one another, the siblings must confront their past together. As their father had lived there in sickness and squalor for the past 10 years, when they sort through the jumble and heaps of rubble that consisted of his life, they uncover secrets about their father that they do want to know about or acknowledge, yet must, to confront their own feelings about him, the man whom they thought they knew and his relationship with each of them, to be able to pick up the broken pieces of their own lives and move forward.


Diane Davis, David Aaron Baker - Westport Country Playhouse - Appropriate - photo by C Rosegg

Diane Davis (Rachael), David Aaron Baker (Bo)


Director David Kennedy delivers an impactful and powerful tour de force performance from the cast, Betsy Aidem as Toni as the bitter and angry older sister and executor of the estate, David Aaron Baker as Bo, the wealthy, older brother, Shawn Fagan as Franz, the youngest, and ne'er do well younger brother who has his own demons to fight as he tries to make amends for his past life, Diane Davis as Rachael, Bo's wife, Anna Crivelli as River, Franz's new age much-younger girlfriend, Nick Selting as Rhys, Toni's teenage son who is on a path to self-destruction, and Bo's and Rachel's children: Allison Winn as Cassie, their 13-year old daughter, and Christian Michael Camporin as Ainsley their 8-year old son.


Westport Country Playhouse - Appropriate - photo by C Rosegg
The Cast of Appropriate

The play's tumultuous and hard-hitting ending will leave you breathless.

(Watch the video of Director David Kennedy speaking about the meaning of the play:

Performance Information: The play contains adult language and themes. Recommended for ages 14+.


Betsy Aidem


David Aaron Baker


Christian Michael Comporin


Anna Crivelli


Diane Davis


Shawn Fagan


Nick Smelting


Allison Winn


The Creative Team

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins


David Kennedy

Director/Associate Artistic Director

Andrew Boyce

Scenic Design

Emily Rebholz

Costume Design

Matthew Richards

Lighting Design

Michael Rossmy

Fight Director

Geoff Boronda

Production Stage Manager

Alison Mantilla

Props Manager

Dana Turner-Kennedy

Production Dramaturg

Erin McCoy

Assistant Stage Manage

Michael Barker

Managing Director

Tara Rubin Casting


Mark Lamos

Artistic Director

Appropriate 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 TalkBack, 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 203-227-4177 or call the toll-free number at 888-927-7529, or visit them on the website at

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 Cronin and 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 a cultural 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:

Upcoming Performances - 2017

Plays 2017 Season

Dates Running


August 15 - September 2, 2017

Sex with Strangers

September 26 - October 14, 2017

Romeo and Juliet

October 31 - November 19, 2017

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


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