Westport Country Playhouse celebrates International Women's Day

Join us at the Westport Country Playhouse for Letters to Our Daughters, an inclusive, inspiring, and uplifting evening of curated essays and poems written and read by women leaders, artists, organizers from diverse backgrounds. Celebrate the women in our lives – their triumphs, their challenges, and everything in between.

13 incredible leaders of our decade, including Tony Award winners Joanna Gleason and Judith Ivey, and "This Is Us" series regular Susan Kelechi Watson, will read essays and poems written by female authors on global women's issues.

Readers of works by female writers will include Farah Bala, actor in ABC's "Quantico, HBO's "High Maintenance," Comedy Central's "Broad City," and social justice advocate/organizer; Danielle Davenport, actor and writer currently appearing in the second season of Amazon's "Sneaky Pete"; Joanna Gleason, Tony Award-winning actor for "Into the Woods" and Tony nominee for "Joe Egg"; Wilhelmina Hartong, writer, award-winning standup comedienne, and theater teacher at Regional Center for the Arts in Trumbull, CT; and Alicia Hernandez Strong, a senior at Wesleyan University and a political activist from New Britain, CT.

Also, Judith Ivey, Tony Award-winning actor for "Hurlyburly" and "Steaming," television's "Designing Women"; Susan Kelechi Watson, WCP's "A Raisin in the Sun," NAACP Image Award nomination and SAG Award win for NBC's "This Is Us"; Elise Kibler, actor in Broadway's "The Heidi Chronicles," "This Is Our Youth"; Pamela Lewis, founder of Connect-Us, connecting suburban and urban neighbors in Fairfield County, CT, and beyond; Aleta Mitchell, actress in original cast of Broadway's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," and WCP's "Intimate Apparel," "The Member of the Wedding"; Patricia Russo, executive director of Women's Campaign School at Yale and public speaker; Najla Said, actress, playwright, and author of "Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family"; and Pearl Sun, actor in Broadway's "If/Then," Netflick's "Orange Is the New Black," WCP's "tick, tick...Boom!"

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

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Clockwise from top left: Susan Kelechi Watson, Pamela Lewis, Pearl Sun, Mina Hartong, Farah Bala, Judith Ivey, Najla Said (center), Danielle Davenport, Joanna Gleason