Edward Albee’s One Acts at Stone Soup Theatre

17 Feb

Edward Albee, Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner, was a modernist playwright in the greatest sense, effectively giving birth to the American absurdest drama. Although they may seem at first glance to be realistic, the surreal nature of Albee’s plays is never far from the surface.

In quiet homage to Albee’s 80th birthday, an unofficial celebration is taking place on stages across the country with revivals of his most celebrated works. Stone Soup Theatre joins the party by presenting two Albee one-acts showcasing his vastly different perspective on American life, death, sex and everything in between.

The Zoo Story, written in 1959 and the first of Albee’s plays that brought him critical notice, brings the iconic characters of Peter and Jerry together on and around that infamous bench in Central Park. Peter, out for a quiet Sunday of reading in his favorite spot, is accosted, accused, amused, educated, held captive and captivated by Jerry, who has just ‘been to the zoo’ — in more ways than one. The interaction between these two characters from opposite ends of the emotional, socio-economic and moral spectrum is what has fascinated audiences for the last 40+ years.

Finding the Sun, written on commission for the University of Northern Colorado in 1983, is a 180 degree turn from The Zoo Story. Set on a beach, eight characters ‘looking for the sun’ gradually unfolds a tangled web of relationships that are as bemusing as they are amusing. From senior citizens Henden & Gertrude down through 16 year old Fergus, Albee again explores isolation along with sexual identity, mortality, communication – or lack of it – and the agendas people hide from themselves and others. Written in 21 short scenes, Finding the Sun’s intriguing dialog and wry wit feel almost like a sonata and showcases an older Albee’s spare, graceful language.

February 13-March 9, 2008

Stone Soup Theatre
4035 Stone Way N.
Seattle, WA 98103

Thurs & Sun Matinees $14
Fri & Sat Nights $22; $15 Students/Seniors



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