Six Degrees of Separation, a play by John Guare, will be presented by the Kentwood Players theater group at the Westchester Playhouse beginning Friday, January 8th through February 13th.

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at the playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. The production is directed by Don Schlossman and produced by Meredith M. Sweeney and Jordan Bland.

The plot of Six Degrees of Separation was inspired by the real-life story of David Hampton, a con man who managed to convince a number of people in the 1980s that he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier. The play won the 1991 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the 1993 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play, and was nominated for the 1991 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the 1991 Tony Award for Best Play.

In Guare’s play, Paul, the African-American protagonist, arrives at the doorstep of wealthy Manhattan residents Flan and Ouisa Kittredge under the false pretenses that he is Poitier’s son, having been violently mugged and claiming to have found them because he is a classmate of the couple’s kids. But Paul is not what he seems, and his presence in the Kittredge’s lives becomes a catalyst by which everyone else entertains questions of race, class, money and morals.

Featured in the Six Degrees of Separation cast are Nick Alspaugh, Dylan Bailey, Joanna Churgin, Jack Coppock, Willie Mack Daniels, Drew Fitzsimmons, Andy Grosso, Lorenzo Jimenez, Kevin King, Ryan Knight, Ginny Kunz, Ken MacFarlane, Mark Mayes, Michael-Anthony Nozzi, Tara Jean O’Brien, Casey Sullivan and Meredith M. Sweeney.

Tickets are $18 with a $2 discount for seniors, students, and servicemen. To purchase tickets, call (310) 645-5156 during box office hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.kentwoodplayers.org/.

For group ticket sales, please contact Jenny Boone at (310) 204-1838 or Calia Mintzer at (310) 837-3609.

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