In 2001 Edward Albee wrote the drawing room one act play, Homelife, as an opening to The Zoo Story, his 1958 brutal one act classic. Seeing The Zoo Story on it's own you wonder why does Peter, an upper middle class publisher, husband and father, stay in the park and interact with Jerry, a disenfranchised, loner and boarding house occupant. Homelife supplies the answer.
At Home at the Zoo: Homelife & The Zoo Story
In honor of acclaimed playwright Edward Albee, who passed away in 2016, Signature Theatre plans to present a new production - At Home at the Zoo - as part of its 2017-2018 Off-Broadway season. The production will couple together the plays Homelife and The Zoo Story, showcasing them together in two acts.
Performances are scheduled to take place on the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
(Photos by Joan Marcus)
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In Act One, Homelife, we meet Peter and his wife, who live a comfortable but vaguely unhappy bourgeois existence; 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.