The production, previously scheduled to open on May 29, will now have its official opening on June 5. Albee was Signature's 1993-1994 Playwright-in-Residence. Occupant will play Signature's home at The Peter Norton Space, located at 555 West 42nd Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues).
This production, at the end of a 2007-08 season devoted to the works of Charles Mee, is a "Legacy Production" by Signature as part of its "Premiere Series," which presents new work by former Playwrights-in-Residence.
According to Signature, "Edward Albee's Occupant is a portrait of acclaimed sculptor Louise Nevelson and a quest to capture a charismatic and complex artist and persona. What is the relationship between creator and creation? Who was Louise Nevelson? Only she knew."
Ruehl (a Tony winner for Lost in Yonkers, and a nominee for Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?) plays Nevelson, Bryggman (a Tony nominee for Broadway's Proof) plays The Man.
Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, "which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience," all regularly priced single tickets ($65) are available for $20 during the regular runs of each production for the entire season. The Signature Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner, Inc., and support by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams.
Albee's new play, Me, Myself and I, is currently playing at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. Director MacKinnon directed Off-Broadway's recent Peter and Jerry by Albee.
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