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Westport Country Playhouse Presents Reading Of Israel Horovitz's New Play

Francesca Choy-Kee Francesca Choy-Kee
Francesca Choy-Kee Photo Credit: Contributed
Angelina Firodellisi Angelina Firodellisi
Angelina Firodellisi Photo Credit: Contributed
Judith Ivey Judith Ivey
Judith Ivey Photo Credit: Contributed
Estelle Parsons Estelle Parsons
Estelle Parsons Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport Country Playhouse’s New Works Initiative, a program to develop new plays and musicals through workshop and reading opportunities, will present a public reading of “Out of the Mouths of Babes,” a new play by award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz, on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

Starring Francesca Choy-Kee, Angelina Fiordellisi, Judith Ivey and Estelle Parsons, and directed by Barnet Kellman, “Out of the Mouths of Babes,” tells the story of four women who arrive in Paris for the funeral of a 100-year-old man, who loved each of them – at times variously, at times simultaneously. For 24 hours, they share his apartment, secrets and a dead cat.

Choy-Kee will play Marie-Belle. She appeared on Broadway in “Disgraced.” Her regional credits include “Agnes Under the Big Top” at Long Wharf Theatre, for which she received a Connecticut Critics Circle Award, and “Bossa Nova” at Yale Repertory Theatre. 

Fiordellisi will play Janice. She starred in “Zorba” on Broadway and in the national tours of “Annie” and “Zorba.” In addition to work off-Broadway, regional theater and television, she has been producing artistic director of Cherry Lane Theatre since 1996.

Ivey will portray Evvie. Her Broadway credits include “The Audience,” “The Heiress” and “Park Your Car in Harvard Yard.” Her off-Broadway work includes “The Glass Menagerie” and “The Moonshot Tape” and she starred in the films “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.”

Parsons will play Evelyn. Her recent Broadway credits include “The Velocity of Autumn” and “August: Osage County.” Her films include “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Rachel, Rachel,” and 13 others. Television credits include “Roseanne,” playing Roseanne’s mother for 10 years.

More than 70 of Horovitz’s plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages worldwide. Best-known plays include “Line,” now in its 45th year, New York City’s longest-running play, “The Indian Wants the Bronx” and “The Primary English Class.” 

Tickets are $10 each. Click here to buy tickets, or call the box office at 203-227-4177 or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529.

The Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1. 

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