WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Actor Paul Newman made a rare stage appearance with his wife to benefit a land trust that is trying to save 668 acres of forest from development.

``I haven't been on stage since we were wearing furs and carrying clubs with spikes,'' Newman said Sunday. With him in a production of ``Love Letters'' was his wife of 41 years, Joanne Woodward.

The appearance at the Westport Country Playhouse raised $175,000 for the Aspetuck Land Trust, which must raise $12 million by September to purchase the land.

Newman and Woodward live near the property. Woodward said their children used to fish in the nearby reservoir.

``If a community like this doesn't protect the few parcels of open space now, we'll be kicking ourselves 50 years from now,'' Newman said.

Newman also has donated $500,000 in proceeds from his Newman's Own food company to the land trust.