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A livestream event with Tony-winner Kelli O'Hara is scheduled for April 17.
The facility at 1410 Post Road, closed since 2011, will re-emerge as a state-of-the-art facility for film events, live performances, and educational programs.
Westport Country Playhouse will present the world premiere of "Thousand Pines," Matthew Greene's drama on three families dealing with the aftermath of a school shooting.
Michael Barker, managing director of the theater, said a new play "is especially relevant for our community with the proximity of Newtown, Connecticut."
Arts and cultural production accounts for over $9 billion in value added to the Connecticut economy, and supports over 57,000 jobs. All told, 15 Connecticut organizations received over $1 million from the NEA.
The lighting system installed during the playhouse’s 2005 renovation is now almost obsolete due to the speed of advancements in computer technology.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Westport Country Playhouse are each receiving $20,000.