An evening that combines Albee's classic, "The Zoo Story," with its prequel, "Homelife," to form a complete story of Peter, a book editor, Ann his wife, and Jerry, a desperate man Peter meets in the park, that demonstrates the essential loneliness of humanity.
From the producers: In act one, "Homelife," we see Peter and his wife Ann in their Upper East Side apartment; in the second act, the classic "The Zoo Story," Peter is forever altered by an oddly persistent stranger in Central Park. With jolts of brutality and Albee’s signature dark humor, this seminal play explores both the love and the cruelty that we inflict on each other every day.
"Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo" had its world premiere at the Hartford Stage Company, Connecticut in 2004. The Hartford Stage commissioned "Homelife," which Albee had been considering "as a way to compensate for what he perceived as lapses in 'Zoo Story.'" The play opened Off Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre in 2007 under the title "Peter and Jerry."
The cast is made up of two-time Tony Award winner Katie Finneran ("Noises Off," "Promises, Promises"), Tony winner and "House" star Robert Sean Leonard ("The Invention of Love"), and Emmy nominee Paul Sparks ("House of Cards," "Boardwalk Empire"). Drama Desk Award winner Lila Neugebauer ("Everybody," "The Wolves") directs.
What's the Signature Theatre? Signature is a highly-regarded Off-Broadway company founded in 1991. Signature focused each of its first 20 seasons on the work of a single playwright - Sam Shepard, Romulus Linney, Horton Foote, Lanford Wilson, August Wilson, etc. With the opening of the spectacular new Signature Center just west of Times Square, the company has expanded its annual offerings. Tickets, highly subsidized since 2005 by the company's Signature Ticket Initiative, are only $30. More here.