Palm Beach Dramaworks, which mounted its first productions of works by Edward Albee in 2002, renews its exploration of his remarkable career with two important presentations. A Delicate Balance, the first of his three Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, opens on December 7 and runs through January 6. Following that, on January 8, will be the Southeastern premiere of The Stages of Edward Albee, the acclaimed new documentary that examines the playwright's life and work, with three showings (2PM, 5PM and 8PM). All events are at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre (201 Clematis Street).
A Delicate Balance will star Tony Award-nominee Maureen Anderman and Carbonell Award-winners Angie Radosh and Dennis Creaghan. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a well-to-do suburban family whose life is upended when friends, seized by a nameless terror, come to live with them. William Hayes directs the production, which features set design by Michael Amico, costume design by Erin Amico, lighting design by Sean Dolan, and sound design by Rich Szczublewski.
The Stages of Edward Albee, which premiered at the Dallas Video Festival in September, looks at Albee's life and art through interviews and readings from selected plays. In addition to Albee, the filmmakers James Dowell and John Kolomvakis interviewed playwrights John Guare, Tony Kushner and Terrence McNally, and actors RoseMary Harris, Bill Irwin, Judith Ivey, Bill Pullman, Marian Seldes and Kathleen Turner. Irwin, Pullman, Seldes and Turner also appear in readings from The Zoo Story, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Three Tall Women, all plays that have been performed by PBD.
A Delicate Balance will play December 7-January 6th (evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 7PM. Matinee performances are on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2PM) with previews on December 5 & 6th. Tickets are $55 for all performances. Student tickets are available for $10. Group rates for 20 or more, and discounted season subscriptions are also available.
Screenings of The Stages of Edward Albee are on January 8 at 2PM, 5PM and 8PM. Tickets to all showings are $10.
The Don & Ann Brown theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street. For ticket information, contact the box office at 561-514-4042, open Monday from 10AM to 5PM, Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM, and Sunday from 11AM to 5PM, or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.
The PBD season will continue with Lorraine Hansberry's classic drama, A Raisin in the Sun (February 1 – March 3); Eugene Ionesco's comic romp, Exit the King (March 29 – April 28); and Brian Friel's Tony Award-winning Dancing at Lughnasa (May 24 – June 16).
Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Florida Professional Theatres Association, Florida Theatre Conference, and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.
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