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4000 Miles, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA

Westport Country Playhouse - 4000 Miles - Clay Singer, Mia Dillon - photo by Carol Rosegg
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Westport Playhouse - 4000 Miles - photo by Carol Roseegg

The play 4000 Miles written by Amy Herzog and directed by David Kennedy at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut hits it out of the park. Starring Mia Dillon, Clay Singer, Lea DiMarchi, and Phoebe Holden, this engaging, heart-rendering play had us in the palm of its hand and thoroughly enchanted with the dialogue and the characters. Bravo! The play runs until September 4, 2022.


Clay Singer (Leo), Mia Dillon (Vera)
4000 Miles

We had the pleasure of attending opening night, Saturday, August 27, 2022, to experience the play, 4000 Miles. Having seen Broadway Veteran Mia Dillon in three prior Westport Country Playhouse (WCP) productions: A Merry Little Christmas Carol (December 2020), Lettuce & Lovage (2017), and a Song at Twilight (2014), and Clay Singer in the WCP’s productions of Man of La Mancha (2018) and Romeo and Juliet (2017), we knew that the quality of the acting would be exceptional, and it was. Together with Lea DiMarchi as Bec, and Phoebe Holden as Amanda, director David Kennedy helped elicit and deliver a flawless performance from his cast.

Westport Country Playhouse - 4000 Miles - Clay Singer, Mia Dillon - photo by Carol Rosegg
Clay Stinger (Leo), Mia Dillon (Vera)
4000 Miles

We had experienced David Kennedy’s past directorial genius in the WCP’s productions of Nora by Ingmar Bergman (2014), And A Nightingale Sang (2105), The Invisible Hand (2016), Appropriate (207), The Understudy (2018), Don Juan by Moliere (2019), and Doubt: A Parable (2021), and once again, he worked his magic to deliver a performance worthy of Amy Herzog’s touching play, which was a "finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama", and "winner of the 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play."

Westport Country Playhouse - 4000 Miles - Clay Singer, Phoebe Holden - photo by Carol Rosegg
Clay Singer (Leo), Phoebe Holden (Amanda)
4000 Miles

Mia Dillon plays Vera Joseph, a feisty 91-year-old grandmother living in a rent-controlled Greenwich Village apartment. Clay Singer plays her 21-year-old grandson, Leo Joseph-Connell, who makes a surprise visit to his grandmother after traveling cross-country on his bicycle. For anyone who has or had a special relationship with their grandmother, this play will trigger the emotional heartstrings.

Westport Country Playhouse - 4000 Miles - Clay Singer, Mia Dillon - photo by Carol Rosegg
Clay Singer (Leo), Mia Dillon (Vera)
4000 Miles

Vera embodies the perfect grandmother; she is feisty, and she can be cantankerous as well as forgiving when her grandson shows up unexpected at her apartment at 3:00 am. She dishes out advice, admonishes when she feels the need, yet gives comfort and love with a caring embrace as the two come to an understanding as the play unfolds.

Westport Country Playhouse - 4000 Miles - Lea DiMarchi, Mia Dillon - photo by Carol Rosegg
Lea DiMarchi (Bec), Mia Dillon (Vera)
4000 Miles

For Leo, 4000 miles represents his cross-country bicycle journey that started out with such promise, hope, and joy, and ends tragically, which we learn as the play unfolds. Leo is running away from his problems and taking a step away from his life when he decides to make a surprise visit to see his grandmother. Vera and Leo connect with passion and understanding, and their onstage relationship is magical to watch. They are believable as well as relatable. While Leo has been hiding from, and avoiding his mother, he is able to make an emotional connection with his grandmother and is able to come full circle with getting his life back on track. Lea DiMarchi plays Bec, Leo’s sometime girlfriend, and Phoebe Holden rounds out the cast as Amanda, whom Leo meets while out one night. In a word, the play is stunning.

Westport Country Playhouse - 4000 Miles - Mia Dillon - photo by Carol Rosegg
Mia Dillon (Vera)
4000 Miles

As always, the set design was spectacular for 4000 Miles. Scenic Designer Arnulfo Maldonado created a set design that captured the feel of being in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment in New York City. Set design is like another character with the ability to draw the audience into the fantasy of the play, leaving reality, in this case, Westport, Connecticut, behind.

The play, 4000 Miles, has a runtime of 100 minutes without an intermission, runs until September 4, 2022, and is a "must-see" play. Come to WCP and make a connection with Vera and Leo, and you will be thrilled that you had the opportunity to make their acquaintance.

Until next time, keep enjoying and supporting the arts!

Link for Westport Country Playhouse’s 4000 Miles the Official Trailer: https://www.westportplayhouse.org/show/4000miles/

About the Westport Country Playhouse

The Westport Country Playhouse named as "Theatre Company of the Year" in December 2013 by The Wall Street Journal, opened on June 29, 1931, 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 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."

"The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater of the highest caliber and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus. The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round. Charity Navigator has recently awarded its top 4-star charity rating to the Playhouse in recognition of its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency."

For information on 4000 Miles, upcoming performances, or to purchase tickets, please call the box office at +1-203-227-4177, email them at boxoffice@westportplayhouse.org or visit the website at www.WestportPlayhouse.org.

Performance schedule for 4000 Miles: Friday: 8:00 pm, Saturday: 8:00 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm, Tuesday: 7:00 pm, Wednesday: 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Thursday: 8:00 pm

4000 Miles Creative Team

Amy Herzog
David Kennedy
Scenic Designer
Arnulfo Moldanado
Costume Designer
Maiko Matsuhima
Lighting Designer
Carolina Ortiz Herrera
Sound Design
Fitz Patton
Dana Tanner-Kennedy
Intimacy Coach
Michael Rossmy
Props Supervisor
Sean Sanford
Tara Rubin Casting, CSA
Claire Burke, CSA, casting
Production Stage Manager
Shane Schnetzler
Assistant Stage Manager
Gwen Sewell
Stage Manager Intern
Lauren Lambert

4000 Miles Cast

Vera Joseph
Mia Dillon
Leo Joseph-Connell
Clay Singer
Lea DiMarchi
Phoebe Holden

Know Before You Go – Covid Protocols

"To attend in-person performances, all audience members must present proof of vaccination and wear a mask at all times while inside. Please review our full safety protocols here."

Upcoming Performances and Events 2022 Season


4000 Miles
August 23 – September 4, 2022
A Gala Benefit
September 17, 2022
From The Mississippi Delta
October 18 – 30, 2022
2022 London Theatre Tour
October 24-30, 2022
Script in Hand Reading – Ripcord
November 14, 2022
Script in Hand Reading – Bad Jews

December 12, 2022

Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA

Westport Country Playhouse
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Westport, Connecticut 06880
United States
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