Oft-lauded actor, director, philanthropist, and veteran sexiness Paul Newman
will be returning to the theatre scene this fall with his stage-directing debut, according to the recently released schedule of the Westport Country Playhouse
. He is slated to direct John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men
at the historic site, saved from dilapidation and neglect largely due to the efforts of Newman
's wife, Joanne Woodward
, who joined the Playhouse staff in the 1990s.Newman
have been residents of the Connecticut town since the early 1960's; his hugely profitable for-charity food production company, Newman's Own, is also based there. Woodward
, a former arts director at the Playhouse, has returned to her prior position on an interim basis.
Let me get this straight: Paul
in their hometown glory - ?! Road trip to Westport
, anyone?!Photo: Paul and Joanne at home, 1963.
Labels: Classic Stars Today, Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman