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Rashad flies with ‘Sweet Bird’

Actress to star in Tennessee Williams' play

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After starring in August Wilson and Lorraine Hansberry plays, Phylicia Rashad will turn to one of Tennessee Williams’ leading ladies when she takes on the role of Princess Kosmonopolis in “Sweet Bird of Youth” at the Westport Country Playhouse. Tazewell Thompson, a.d. at the theater, will helm the play next summer.

Also on the Westport 2008 slate will be a play still to be determined to be staged in February by Joanne Woodward (whose husband Paul Newman starred in the stage and film version of “Sweet Bird of Youth”). Woodward is a.d. emeritus at the theater.

Also on tap for the year are Jon Maran’s “A Strange and Separate People,” helmed by Thompson, in April; Craig Wright’s “The Pavilion,” staged by associate a.d. Chad Rabinovitz, in June; David Wiltse’s office comedy “Scramble!” in July (directed by Louis Tyrrell, producing director of Florida Stage, who staged the work earlier this year under the title “Hatchetman”); John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” staged by Anne Keefe in October; and a return of Thompson’s adapta-tion of “A Christmas Carol” in December. There will also be a May production, still to be announced.

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