Simply Staged: Albee Fest
Produced by Jeremy Sony
Technical Director Booth Muller
Directed by Philip Hickman and Kate Tull
Curtain Players welcomes Actors' Theatre of Columbus to present a special readers theatre event featuring two works by American playwright Edward Albee.
Simply Staged: Albee Fest has each theatre company presenting for audiences a staged reading of a full-length Albee play each night:
- Seascape from Actors' Theatre on Thursday January 11
- A Delicate Balance from Curtain Players on Saturday January 13
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, Friday's originally scheduled reading of "Everything in the Garden" from The Tipping Point Theatre Co. has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you reserved seats for Friday evening, our reservation team will be contacting you if they haven't already.
Suggested for audiences ages 13 and older.
Purchase tickets online or call 614.360.1000.
January 11, 2018 - Seascape
On a deserted stretch of beach a middle-aged couple, relaxing after a picnic lunch, talk idly about home, family and their life together. She sketches, he naps, and then, suddenly, they are joined by two sea creatures—lizards who have decided to leave the ocean depths and come ashore. Initial fear, and then suspicion of each other, are soon replaced by curiosity and, before long, the humans and the lizards (who speak admirable English) are engaged in a fascinating dialogue. The lizards, who are at a very advanced stage of evolution, are contemplating the terrifying, yet exciting, possibility of embarking on life out of the water; and the couple, for whom existence has grown flat and routine, holds the answers to their most urgent questions. These answers are given with warmth, humor and poetic eloquence, and with emotional and intellectual reverberations that will linger in the heart and mind long after the play has ended.
January 13, 2018 - A Delicate Balance
Winner! 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Winner! Outstanding Revival of a Play - 1996 Drama Desk Award Winner! Best Revival of a Play - 1996 Tony® Award This Pulitzer Prize winner enjoyed a stunning Broadway revival in 1996 with George Gizzard, Rosemary Harris and Elaine Stritch. Wealthy middle-aged couple, Agnes and Tobias have their complacency shattered when Harry and Edna, longtime friends appear at their doorstep. Claiming an encroaching, nameless "fear" has forced them from their own home, these neighbors bring a firestorm of doubt, recrimination and ultimately solace, upsetting the "delicate balance" of Agnes and Tobias' household. "Powerful... A beautiful play filled with humor and compassion, and touched with poetry... [with] the stature and eloquence of a classic." - The New York Daily News "A brilliant play." - The New York Post "An evening of theatrical fireworks." - The New York Times