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TheaterWorks Announces Directors; Hartford Stage Casts 'Midsummer Night's Dream'

TheaterWorks announced its 2017-18 season in June, but until recently hadn't mentioned who would be directing the shows. The theater's Associate Artistic Director Eric Ort will handle the season-opener, "The Wolves," which runs Oct. 5 through Nov. 12; while TheaterWorks' Producing Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero (who helmed last year's hit "Next to Normal") will direct two shows: "Constellations" Jan.

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Jonathan Groff Headlines Westport Gala, Amy Schumer Picking Up 'Meteor Shower' Role

Jonathan Groff will headline the 2017 gala at Westport Country Playhouse on Sept. 9. But wait, wasn't it supposed to be Matthew Morrison's gig? Morrison had a "scheduling conflict," according to the theater.

Groff played Jesse St. James on "Glee," the same TV series that starred Morrison as Mr. Schuester.

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Rest In Peace, Sam Shepard; Wesleyan Announces 2017-18 Season

When Sam Shepard died July 27, most of the national news outlets remembered him primarily as a movie and TV actor, though they did acknowledge they he was a Pulitzer-winning playwright for "Buried Child" in 1979.

Denizens of the 1970s New York arts demimonde also knew Shepard as a rock drummer for the Holy Modal Rounders, a contributor to Ken Tynan's lascivious revue "Oh! Calcutta!"

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Long Wharf Gets Money For 'Fireflies'; All Worked Up About 'Will'

I was browsing the amazing collection at the Goodspeed's Scherer Library —"the only library dedicated solely to musical theatre in the world" — earlier this month and came across a photocopied typed-on-white-paper program for a 1977 workshop of "Neverland" at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

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New Fellowship For Set Designers; 'Napoli' Moves To New York

Burry Fredrik was a Broadway producer, regional theater director and all-around theater lover who lived in Fairfield County. She died five years ago at the age of 86. The Burry Fredrik Foundation has set up a new fellowship that honors her commitment to standards and sustainability in the regional theater realm.

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TheaterWorks Casts 'Raging Skillet'; CT Natives in 'Oklahoma!'

Hey! The 2016-17 season's not over yet! TheaterWorks, which has had an astounding season that included two of the most popular productions in its 30-year history ("Relativity" and "Next to Normal") has just announced the cast for its season-ending world premiere cooking show, "Raging Skillet." It runs July 20 through Aug. 27.

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