George Grizzard and Pamela Payton-Wright will be the humans and David Patrick Kelly and Annalee Jefferies will be the lizards in Hartford Stage's new rendition of Edward Albee's 1975 work, Seascape, which runs May 30-June 30, with a June 5 opening.
Following its Hartford stay, the productions will travel to New York's Second Stage, following the path traced by Albee's Tiny Alice a couple seasons ago. Mark Lamos directs.
Albee's expressionistic drama takes place on a deserted stretch of beach, where retired couple Charlie and Nancy are strolling and talking about their future. With the arrival of another duo, Leslie and Sarah—who happen to be green, cold-blooded quadrupeds—the conversation takes on a more far reaching tenor. The play won Albee his second Pulitzer Prize. The original Broadway production starred Deborah Kerr and Barry Nelson, with Frank Langella and Maureen Anderman lending support as the reptiles. Albee directed the show's 70 performance run.
Grizzard was the original Nick in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and won his Tony for another Albee work, the 1996 revival of A Delicate Balance. He has since appeared on Broadway in Judgment at Nuremberg. Jeffries starred in A Streetcar Named Desire and The Three Sisters at Hartford.
Kelly has lent his mercurial, eccentric presence to Broadway's most recent productions of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya. Off Broadway, he has proved himself one of Richard Foreman's foremost interpreters, acting in The Cure, Pearls for Pigs, The Mind King and Film Is Evil, Radio Is Good. Payton-Wright appeared in The Philadelphia Story at Hartford and Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Lamos was for many years artistic director of Hartford Stage.
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