Edward Albee's Occupant Extended Again in NYC

News   Edward Albee's Occupant Extended Again in NYC Signature Theatre Company announced June 10 that its critically acclaimed world-premiere production of Edward Albee's Occupant has been extended again by popular demand through July 13.
Mercedes Ruehl in The Occupant.
Mercedes Ruehl in The Occupant. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Tony and Academy Award-winning actress Mercedes Ruehl and two-time Emmy winner and Tony nominee Larry Bryggman star in the play about sculptor Louise Nevelson, who tells her life story to a reporter.

Directed by Pam MacKinnon, Edward Albee's Occupant opened June 5 at The Peter Norton Space, at 555 W. 42nd Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues).

Tickets for the extension weeks (July 1-13) are $65.

Signature Theatre Company caps off its 2007-2008 season with this Legacy Production as part of its Premiere Series, which presents new work by former Signature Playwrights-in-Residence. The Off-Broadway not-for-profit is known for devoting entire seasons to a single writer. (In 2008-09 the season is dedicated to a single organization — The Negro Ensemble Company — and plays that it launched.)

Edward Albee's Occupant, according to Signature, "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."

Critics have pointed out that the bio play fits into Albee's canon by touching on identity, parents, mortality and storytelling — ideas explored in works throughout Albee's career. His plays include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, Three Tall Women, Seascape, The Play About the Baby, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? and more.

Occupant sets are designed by Christine Jones, costumes are by Jane Greenwood and lights are by David Lander.

Tickets are available on Signature's website at www.signaturetheatre.org, by phone at (212) 244-PLAY (7529) and in person at the box office at 555 West 42nd Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues).