Seldes/Murray in Beckett/Albee to Begin at Century Center Off Broadway, Sept. 23

News   Seldes/Murray in Beckett/Albee to Begin at Century Center Off Broadway, Sept. 23 Playwright Edward Albee, actors Marian Seldes and Brian Murray, and producers Elizabeth McCann and Daryl Roth—the gang that brought Off Broadway The Play About the Baby in 2001—will return Sept. 23 to the Century Center for the Performing Arts with Beckett/Albee.

The new man in the equation is, of course, Samuel Beckett. The evening will consist of Albee's Counting the Ways and Beckett's Not I, Footfalls and A Piece of Monologue. Albee and Beckett are not strangers, but have been linked since the start of Albee's career. Albee's career-making first play, Zoo Story, was paired with Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape at the Provincetown Playhouse in 1960. Since then, Albee has been a steadfast fan and supporter of his Irish colleague, routinely proclaiming Beckett as his favorite playwright. Beckett/Albee will be directed by Lawrence Sacharow and will officially open at Oct. 9. Counting the Ways is one of Albee's brittle marital plays, with a man and a woman whimsically analyzing their relationship. It premiered in 1976 and was revived by the Signature Theatre Company when they devoted a season to Albee's work. Murray and Seldes will perform the piece. Seldes alone will do Not I and Footfalls, while Murray will handle A Piece of Monologue. All three are among Beckett's many shorter works, many of which last just a few minutes and sometimes have very few words of text.

"Beckett/Albee" will have set and costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Michael Chybowski, and sound design by Mark Bennett and Ken Travis.

(L-R) Brian Murray, Edward Albee and Marian Seldes at the opening night party for <i>The Play About the Baby</i>.
(L-R) Brian Murray, Edward Albee and Marian Seldes at the opening night party for The Play About the Baby. (Photo by Aubrey Reuben)