Friday, January 20, 2012


Katharine Hepburn and Alfred Drake in front of the Stratford Theatre, 1957. Courtesy, ASFTA Archives

Katharine Hepburn as Portia in Merchant of Venice American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, Stratford.
Photo Credit: Friedman-Abeles
Courtesy, ASFTA Archives

Until April 1, 2012, you are invited to the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield to discover the rich theatrical history of the area.  This unique exhibit features peeks before and behind the curtain, with special spotlights cast on the Westport Country Playhouse, Lucille Lortel and her White Barn Theatre and the American Shakespeare Theatre.

Special highlights yet to come are Lunch and Learn: Kate’s Cottage with author and filmmaker Michael Bielawa on Katherine Hepburn’s stay in Stratford in a little waterfront cabin.  Kate helped bring the works of Shakespeare to life.  A short film “Along the Shores of Memory:  The Katherine Hepburn Cottage” will also be shown.  Cost is $8, members $5 on Thursday, February 16 at noon.  Bring your own lunch.  Lemonade and dessert will be served.

On Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., the spotlight will focus on “The Queen of Off- Broadway,” Lucille Lortel, who was an actress, producer and a major player in the development of theater off-Broadway, including but not limited to the White Barn Theatre.  A film screening and discussion will take place at the Westport Public Library, 20 Jessup Road, Westport.  The event is free but pre-register by calling the library at 203-291-4840.

The Fairfield Museum is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends noon-4 p.m.  Admission is $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, children under 5 free.  Call for more information  to 203-259-1598 or visit to see the complete schedule of events.

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