Curtain Adds 'Balance' to 'Fest'

Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 7:32am

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, The Tipping Point Theatre Company had to cancel its planned participation in the Albee Fest event. The readings for Thursday January 11 and Saturday January 13 remain as scheduled. 

Kate Tull is directing the Curtain Players staged reading that is part of the community theatre company’s Simply Staged: Albee Fest event at the 5691 Harlem Road playhouse in January.

Curtain Players on January 11 and 13 welcomes Actors' Theatre of Columbus to present the special readers theatre weekend featuring a pair of works by American playwright Edward Albee. Curtain time is 8 o'clock each night with tickets sold at the door on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Curtain Players closes the festival with Albee’s A Delicate Balance on Saturday January 13. Tull directs a cast featuring Gary Braunbeck (as Tobias), Colleen Cunningham (Agnes), Julie Emmert-Silvius (Edna), Randy Lenhart (Harry), Sonda Staley (Claire), and Anne Marie Wilson (Julia). David Tull will read stage directions.

In A Delicate Balance, suburban couple Agnes and Tobias, who live with Agnes’s alcoholic sister Claire, must cope with the unexpected arrivals of their friends Harry and Edna and their daughter Julia, in Albee's first Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Each theatre company presenting for audiences a staged reading of an Albee play each night. Actors’ Theatre opens the event Thursday January 11 with Seascape.

Simply Staged in recent years has featured new works by central Ohio playwrights. This year the annual event is designed to be an opportunity to celebrate the playwright's spirit by reading works from Albee's library. Albee (1928-2016) won three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and two Best Play Tony Awards during his storied career.

Curtain Players in October and November presented a full production of Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that featured Gary Braunbeck and Colleen Cunningham in the roles of George and Martha.