Albee: New Play Peter and Jerry Will Hit Off-Broadway in Fall 2005

News   Albee: New Play Peter and Jerry Will Hit Off-Broadway in Fall 2005 Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry, once expected Off-Broadway this fall, is now setting its sights on a fall 2005 opening, the playwright said during a public interview at New York University's Abe Burrows Theatre.

The interview was part of the year-long series "DramaTalk," sponsored by the Department of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts.

The new bill of one-acts—one old and one new—premiered at Hartford Stage last spring. The work combines Albee's play Zoo Story with a new first act, Homelife, set the morning before.

Peter and Jerry was expected to bow at the Little Shubert, with a cast including Frank Wood, Johanna Day and Frederick Weller. Pam MacKinnon was to direct. But the plug was pulled on the project in early September. According to Albee, the reason for the change of plans was that the producers didn't want two Albee plays running at the same time; a Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is to begin previews at the Broadhurst March 12, 2005.

In Zoo Story, Albee penned the meeting of two strangers — the middle-of-the road Peter (Wood) and the younger Jerry (Weller) — in New York City's Central Park. With Homelife, the playwright revisits Peter and delves into the character's morning (on the same day before he goes off to the park) spent with his wife, Ann (Day).

* Albee also mentioned that he's working on a new play to be called Me, Myself and I about two male identical twins, one of whom has a doppelganger.