Citing unspecified health issues, Paul Newman will not direct the fall production of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" at Connecticut's Westport Country Playhouse, the theater's artistic directors announced Friday.

Newman, 83, will be replaced by Mark Lamos, a former artistic director of Hartford Stage, who has directed extensively around the country and in New York.

"'I'm sorry I can't be part of this Westport Country Playhouse production, but I leave 'Of Mice and Men' in Mark Lamos' very capable hands with the full support of my wife, Joanne Woodward, and Anne Keefe, as Playhouse artistic directors," Newman said in a statement.

No further details were immediately given by Westport or from Newman's representatives at Warren Cowan and Associates and ICM.