Oskar Eustius, Jack O'Brien Head Directors Panel At Westport Pl;ayhouse

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A Directors’ Forum featuring Jack O'Brien, three-time Tony Award winner and former artistic director of The Old Globe; Oskar Eustis, artistic director of The Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park; and Evan Yionoulis, Obie Award-winner and professor at Yale School of Drama, on Sunday, November 12, at 5:45 p.m., following the 3 p.m. performance of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

They will join Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, Tony Award nominee, Lucille Lortel Award winner, and director of “Romeo and Juliet”; and Milla Riggio, Shakespeare scholar, for an intimate conversation on the Playhouse stage entitled, “Bringing the Bard to Life: Directing Shakespeare in the 21st Century.” 

 The group will discuss Shakespeare’s enduring legacy and how directors and actors give the work new life for contemporary audiences.

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The forum is free and open to the public; a ticket to the play is not required. RSVP to boxoffice@westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.

The Directors’ Forum is part of the Playhouse’s eighth annual educational and community engagement initiative, “As Boundless as the Sea: The Genius of William Shakespeare,” surrounding the production of “Romeo and Juliet.” For a complete schedule of events for the initiative, visithttp://www.westportplayhouse.org/Romeo-Juliet-education-initiative.

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“Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare’s timeless love story, with a cast of 20, period costuming, sword fights, and scenic design by a Tony Award winner, will run from October 31 through November 19. The tale of two teenagers who fight to love each other in a violent world has never before been produced at the Playhouse during its 87 seasons.

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“Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare’s timeless love story, with a cast of 20, period costuming, sword fights, and scenic design by a Tony Award winner, will run f\through Nov. 19. The play has never before been produced at the Playhouse during its 87 seasons.