Shotgun Players produces the West Coast
Premiere of The Play About the Baby.
A Boy and a Girl are naked and in love. They have had their baby. Or
have they? When a mysterious Man and Woman visit a young couple, all
the strands of reality become unloosed. Do the boy and girl know each
other at all? Are the man and woman a vicious threat or a benign blessing?
Did you really drink your tea this morning? Edward Albee's The
Play about the Baby spins a thrilling dramatic tale over the most
elusive of questions: what matters more - the truth or the truth
we tell ourselves? The Play about the Baby previews November
21 and runs through December 28 at La Vals Subterranean, 1834 Euclid,
Berkeley. Press Opening is Monday, November 25.
Edward Albee's elegant, sinister, hilarious The
Play about the Baby receives its West Coast Premiere with
the Shotgun Players. Part absurdist comedy, part existential thriller, The
Play about the Baby is a wholly original theatrical event
from the most adventurous American playwright of the last 50 years. The
Play about the Baby is quite unlike anything Albee has written
and finds "one of the few genuinely great living American
dramatists" (New York Times, in its review of The Play
About the Baby) in the full heat of his talent. In a truly
unique way Albee utilizes many of his favorite themes: the ritualized
games we play to survive, the way memory weaves and twists reality,
the hope for human connection in a godless universe and the battle
over shared territory and the brutal relief of the truth.
The Play about the Baby premiered at the Alley Theatre in 2001 and
soon transferred to New York in a production Variety called "unquestionably
the main event of the Off-Broadway season." The New York Times
claimed that the play "rockets into that special corner of theatre
heaven where words shoot off like fireworks into dazzling patterns and
Albee is the author of many classics of contemporary
American theater including the
Tony Award winning Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Albee won
Pulitzers for A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three
Tall Women. His newest play The Goat or Who is Sylvia?
recently won the Tony Award for Best Play. Mr. Albee was awarded the
Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and
Letters in 1980 and in 1996 received both the Kennedy Center Honor and
the National Medal of Arts. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, P.E.N.
American, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, International
Theatre Institute, USA (President), and The Edward F. Albee Foundation,
Director Reid Davis has directed at Actors
Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theatre Advanced Training
Program, California Shakespeare Festival, Eureka Theatre and the
Playground Emerging Playwrights Festival. He is a company member
of Berkeley's Shotgun Players, where he directed Bent, Loot,
Christmas on Mars and Three Sisters (Critics Circle
Nominations for Production, Ensemble and Best Actress), and acted
in As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Troilus and Cressida and Henry
V (SF Weekly Black Box award for acting).
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Dec. 28th at 2PM
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November 21 and Friday, November 22 at 8 PM
November 23 at 8 PM
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 PM
and Sundays at 7 PM through Saturday, December 28.
- Sat, Jan 10 & 11th at 8pm
Sunday, Jan 12th at 7pm
Fri & Sat, Jan 17 & 18th at 8pm
Monday, November 25 at 8pm
$10 All Thursdays
$12-$18 All other days
$25 Opening Night
& Press Night
La Vals Subterranean
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