Auditions will be held for original plays

MILFORD >> Eastbound Theatre, a division of the Milford Arts Council, in partnership with Westport Community Theatre, will present a program of six original plays under the banner of “East/West PlayFest 2016.”

Auditions will be held June 13-14, 7 p.m. at Westport Community Theatre, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. A second round of auditions will be held June 15-16, 7  p.m. at the Margaret Egan Center, 35 Mathew St. in Milford.

Sixteen actors of all ages are needed for six plays. Actors will read from the scripts. For a copy of the scripts, contact producer Tom Rushen at

Performances will be at Westport Community Theatre on July 15, 16, and Aug. 5-7 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S. in Milford.

The plays to be presented are:

“ And What a Damn Fine Morning It Is,” by Trace Crawford of Hilliard, Ohio, with two suburban husbands (ages 30-40) who begin their day by trying to outdo each other with their accomplishments. The play is directed by Michael Shavel of Stratford.

• “I Was Fine Until You Came in the Room,” by Rich Orloff of New York City, shows Pete and Helen (one couple in their 20s, one couple in their 70s) viewing their relationship from two stages of their lives. The play is directed by Ann Baker of Milford.

• “In Her Golden Years,” by Steven Korbar of Torrance, Calif., shows a daughter (40s) who inadvertently finds a memento that puts her mother (60s) in a new light. The play is directed by Rachel Babcock of Branford.

• “Is This Seat Taken?”, by Brad Systma of Caledonia, Mich., follows Charlie (20s) as he tries to hit the reset button on his relationship with his girlfriend Nat (20s). The play is directed by Barry Hatrick of Milford.

• “It Skips a Generation,” by C.J. Ehrlich of Chappaqua, N.Y., centers on Chaya (15), an Orthodox Jewish girl who coaxes her grandfather Sam (70) to relive his days as a performer in the Catskills. The play is directed by Nancy A. Herman of Milford.

“Just Desserts,’ by David MacGregor finds three co-workers (ages open) who sink to dangerous levels to catch a lunchroom thief. The play is directed by Kevin Pelkey of Beacon Falls.

Ages may be flexible at the discretion of the directors.

For more information, contact the Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647 or Westport Community Theatre at 203-226-1983.

Irish music session

is free at church hall

MILFORD >> Ann Dillon will join the P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann session on Thursday, June 16, at 7:45 p.m. at St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway.

Admission is free. Musicians, dancers, singers and guests are welcome. BYOB.

Dillon plays the concertina, accordion and whistle, and will be accompanied by Francie Gildernew, of County Tyrone, Ireland, on guitar and vocals. They have recorded a new CD, which will be out this fall.

Dillon, originally from Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland, now lives in Cold Spring, N.Y., where she runs several Irish music sessions.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was founded in 1951 in Ireland to promote Irish traditional music, song, dance and language. There are 415 branches worldwide and more than 2 million people attend Comhaltas functions each year.

‘Heidi Chronicles’

will run June 3-19

MILFORD >> Eastbound Theatre will present the funny and touching “The Heidi Chronicles,” by Wendy Wasserstein June 3-19 at the Milford Center for Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.

The show will run at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

The play contains adult language and situations.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 for seniors, $16 for MAC members and $5 students. Go to or call 203-882-0969 for tickets.

This is the third show of the 22nd season for Eastbound Theatre, a division of the Milford Arts Council.

The show features Jen Berlin of North Haven, Matthew Casey of Milford, Taryn Chorney of Hamden, Holly Fasciano of Milford, Ryan Hendrickson of Stamford, Samantha Holomakoff of Norwalk, Ash Lago of New Haven and Jim Norton of Stratford. This Pulitzer-winning work follows the coming of age of Heidi Holland, from a college student to a successful art historian.  Through a series of vignettes, starting with her latest lecture, she matures as she navigates the increasingly tumultuous political and social issues of the times. She comes to both embrace feminism and feel betrayed by it, and ultimately the intersection of her beliefs and her complicated personal relationships are the forces that shape her life.

The 1990 play also won Tony and Drama Desk awards.

Wasserstein, who died in 2006, was known for her unique perspective on women’s experiences and challenges in modern society. Her other works included “The Sisters Rosenzweig,” “Isn’t It Romantic,” “An American Daughter,” and “Uncommon Women and Others.”

She also wrote the screenplay for the movie “The Object of My Affection.”

With “Heidi,” she “broke down many gender barriers by writing a play that gave voice to many women who shared a particular experience that had not yet been heard,” director Michael R. Mele said.

“The importance of this piece was recognized as she became the first woman to win a Tony Award as a solo playwright; but, sadly, many of the conversations that Heidi is having in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s are conversations that we are still having today,” Mele said.

“Women still are not equal in leadership positions nor in pay. They are still interrupted and shut out of conversations. This makes ‘The Heidi Chronicles’ extremely relevant in today’s society and I am proud that we are presenting this important play for us to learn from and to help us move forward in the fight for equality,” Mele said.

For more information, go to or contact the Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647.

Woodbridge resident’s work on display

NEW HAVEN >> “Alternate Perspectives” an exhibition of 20 recent watercolor paintings by Woodbridge resident Daniel E. Rosner and 18 photographs by Penrhyn Cook of Bridgeport, is on display through July 11.

The work can be seen 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave. For details, 203-777-3494 or

Open Mic Nites open to all performers

MILFORD >> The Milford Arts Council presents Open Mic Nites at 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays, July 6-Aug. 10, at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.

Registration starts at 6 p.m. and all performing arts are welcome: singers, musicians, comedians, poets, magicians.

Performances will be judged, and the series winner wins a spot on the Oyster Festival’s Lisman Landing stage.

Dave’s Traveling Gourment food truck will be on hand starting at 5:30 p.m. beside the patio. Beverages, beer and wine will be sold inside the venue.There is a door fee of $5.

For more information, call 203-878-6647 or go to

Woodbridge seeks photo submissions

WOODBRIDGE >> The town is calling for photo submissions to be used in various media including social media, the town website and printed materials.

“I want our town communication vehicles to be as beautiful as our town,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.

“This call for photographs ties in to my priority to improve communications and build community by recognizing some of our talented residents,” she said.

Submit a favorite high resolution digital photograph — vertical or horizontal — to Betsy Yagla at

Photos may be of any Woodbridge location in any season. If people appear in the photo, photographers must include their permission to be represented for this purpose.

When practical, photos that are published will be credited with the photographer’s name. Identify the location of a submission and how the name should appear if a photo is used.

Case Library adds media to collection

ORANGE >> Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, has added the following media to its collection:

Movies on DVD

Bridge of Spies; Creed; Dragon Blade; Grandma; Homeland, Season 4; Outlander, Season 1; The Revenant; The Secret in Their Eyes; Son of Saul; Spectre.


Bartok, Bela - Mikrokosmos 6 and other works  (Classical)

Chopin, Frederic - 4 Ballades, Berceuse, 4 Mazurkas  (Classical)

Elgar, Edward; Walton, William - Cello Concertos  (Classical)

Haydn, Franz Josef - Symphonies 78-81  (Classical)

Matmos - Ultimate Care II  (Popular)

Monroe, Ashley - The Blade  (Country)

Now That’s What I Call Music! 57  (Popular)

Raitt, Bonnie - Dig In Deep  (Rock)

21 Pilots - Blurryface  (Rock)

Williams, Lucinda - The Ghosts of Highway 20  (Country)


Simonson, Helen - The Summer Before the War

Sweeney, Cynthia D’Aprix - The Nest

Vowell, Sarah - Lafayette in the Somewhat United States  (Biography)

Wheeler, Michael - The Art of Negotiation  (658.405)

Contact: 203-891-2170,