Albee's At Home at the Zoo Makes Philadelphia Premiere March 20

News   Albee's At Home at the Zoo Makes Philadelphia Premiere March 20 T. Scott Cunningham, Susan McKey and Andrew Polk appear in the Philadelphia premiere of Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, the recently renamed pair of one-acts formerly billed as Peter and Jerry, March 20-April 19.
Edward Albee
Edward Albee Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Philadelphia Theatre Company's production is directed by Mary B. Robinson. The two halves are Homelife (Act One) and The Zoo Story (Act Two).

Albee will appear at a post-show event March 29 at PTC's Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Opening is March 25.

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Here's how PTC bills the experience: "A riveting new full-length play, At Home at the Zoo pairs Edward Albee's landmark 1959 play, The Zoo Story, with its recently penned prequel, Homelife. The complete story, At Home at the Zoo (formerly Peter and Jerry), first examines the deliciously revealing and nuanced relationship between uptown publisher Peter and his wife, and then catapults him into a life-changing encounter on that infamous Central Park bench with Jerry, a desperate outcast."

"At Home at the Zoo is our third production of a play by Edward Albee and we are delighted to be continuing our association with this master playwright, who has made an indelible impact on both our art form and our culture," stated PTC's producing artistic director Sara Garonzik. Albee is the author of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Delicate Balance, which also won the 1966 Pulitzer Prize, as well as the Pulitzer Prize winners Seascape and Three Tall Women.

Cunningham (Peter) appeared on Broadway in Design for Living, Love! Valour! Compassion! and Tartuffe, as well as in the national touring productions of Mamma Mia!, Twelve Angry Men and Take Me Out.

McKey (Anne), making her PTC debut, is a long-time member of People's Light & Theatre Company where she has appeared in over 30 productions, including Splittin' the Raft, Midons, Book of Days, Playhouse Creatures, The Skin of Our Teeth and My Mother Said I Should Never, for which she earned a Barrymore nomination. An F. Otto Haas Award finalist, she has also received Barrymore nominations for Hedda Gabler and Henry V, winning the award for Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet.

Polk (Jerry) received a Barrymore Award for his performance in PTC's Love! Valour! Compassion!, and a 2007 Drama Desk nomination for outstanding featured actor in The Accomplices. He was the artistic director of the Cape Cod Theatre Project for 13 seasons.

The creative team includes set designer James Noone, lighting designer Michael Lincoln and costume designer Millie Hiibel.

Philadelphia Theatre Company is Philadelphia's only non-profit professional theatre "dedicated exclusively to producing world and regional premieres of works by contemporary American playwrights."

The Suzanne Roberts Theatre is located at Broad and Lombard Streets in Philadelphia. For more information call (215) 985-0420 or visit PhiladelphiaTheatreCompany.org.

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