Actress Lois Markle will replace Carter in the Albee-directed stagings of The American Dream and The Sandbox.
Performances were scheduled to begin March 11 but were canceled due to Carter's illness. Previews will now begin March 21 with an official opening scheduled for April 1.
In a statement artistic director Angelina Fiordellisi said, "Ms. Myra Carter, whom we believe to be brilliant in the role, will be unable to perform due to health issues. It is our hope and wish that she have a speedy recovery."
Markle is an Albee veteran, having performed in productions of Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? at Trinity Square Rep, the national tour of Three Tall Women, A Delicate Balance at Arizona Theatre Co. and Women at Old Globe. Her other stage credits include the Broadway productions of True West, The Grapes of Wrath, A Warm Body and Calculated Risk.
Both one-acts also feature Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, Drama Desk Award winner George Bartenieff, Kathleen Butler, Harmon Walsh and (in Sandbox only) Jesse Williams. Written in 1959, The Sandbox, press notes state, "introduces one of America's most dysfunctional families, a grasping, materialistic married couple who stage a perverse seaside idyll destined to end in the demise of the wife's aged mother. In this pioneering work, Albee manipulates clichés of language and social mores, breaking the fourth wall and purposefully destroying the audience's illusion of passive observation of the action of the play."
American Dream, written in 1960, "continues the story of The Sandbox's Mommy and Daddy. It is a ferocious, uproarious attack on the substitution of artificial for real values, a startling tale of murder and morality that rocks middle-class ethics to their complacent foundations. In it, Albee explores the hollowness of the American dream, as well as the fallacy of the ideal American family."
Bartenieff plays Daddy with Butler as Mrs. Barker, Markle as Grandma, Ivey as Mommy, Walsh as the American Dream and Williams as the Angel of Death (in The Sandbox).
Discussions with playwright-director Albee will take place following the March 26 and April 8 performances.
Edward Albee won Best Play Tony Awards for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? He was also Tony nominated for The Ballad of the Sad Café, Tiny Alice, A Delicate Balance and Seascape. Albee is also the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes, the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.
Four major Edward Albee productions will be seen during the 2007-08 season, during which the playwright will turn 80 (on March 12). The season has been dubbed "The Albee Season" and includes Peter and Jerry at Second Stage; Me, Myself and I at the McCarter Theatre; The Sandbox and The American Dream at the Cherry Lane Theatre; and Occupant at the Signature Theatre Company.
Show times are Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8 PM with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM.
Tickets, priced $60 (regular), $20 (student advance) and $10 (student rush), are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located in Manhattan at 38 Commerce Street, near Seventh Avenue, between Bedford and Barrow Streets. For more information visit www.cherrylanetheatre.org.