Palm Beach Dramaworks Will Give Peter and Jerry Its Florida Premiere

News   Palm Beach Dramaworks Will Give Peter and Jerry Its Florida Premiere West Palm Beach's resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, will stage works by O'Neill, McPherson, Ionesco and Albee in its 2008-09 season.

Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten — an encounter of two misfits with as shared background and longing — will launch the ninth anniversary season Oct. 17-Nov. 30. Performances play Dramaworks' intimate downtown theatre at 322 Banyan Boulevard.

William Hayes, founder and producing artistic director, announced the coming season May 27. He billed it as "a season…filled with intense, challenging, and intellectually stimulating works by some of the most renowned classic and contemporary playwrights of the last 60 years."

The Palm Beach Dramaworks season will also include:

  • The Chairs, Eugene Ionesco's absurdist masterpiece, which centers on two characters, known as Old Man and Old Woman, who frantically prepare chairs for a series of invisible guests who are coming to hear an orator reveal the old man's recent discovery." Dec. 19, 2008-Feb. 1, 2009.

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  • Conor McPherson's Olivier Award-winning play The Weir, an evening of "unsettling ghost stories set in the local tavern of the Irish countryside. The story-telling transcends more than just what goes bump in the night, but explores the feelings of loss and loneliness that haunts the lives of everyone." Feb. 20-April 5, 2009.
  • The Florida premiere of Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry "The drama delves deeper into his acclaimed play The Zoo Story by adding a first-act, Homelife, leading to Peter's fateful meeting with Jerry. In this taunting and mesmerizing work, primal magnetism and exploration is taken to a new level as Peter makes that fateful journey where he meets Jerry in the Central Park." April 24–June 14, 2009. For more information, visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.

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