By Kenneth Jones
24 Aug 2010
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
The play by the three-time Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony Award winner (A Delicate Balance; Seascape; Three Tall Women; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?) is directed by Emily Mann, who staged the earlier world premiere at McCarter Theatre. Performances play Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theatre (416 W. 42nd Street). Opening night is Sept. 12. Tickets for the limited engagement are now on sale through Oct. 10. The production opens PH's 40th anniversary season.
The cast features Tony Award winner Elizabeth Ashley (Take Her, She's Mine; Barefoot in the Park; Dividing the Estate), Zachary Booth (Prayer for My Enemy at PH, "Damages," "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist"), three-time Tony Award nominee Brian Murray (The Crucible, The Little Foxes and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Obie Award for Albee's The Play About the Baby), Natalia Payne (New Jerusalem at CSC, Jailbait at the Cherry Lane), Stephen Payne (Superior Donuts and August: Osage County on Broadway; Me, Myself & I at the McCarter) and Preston Sadleir (Off-Broadway debut). Murray and Payne reprise their performances from the McCarter production.
According to PH, "In Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I, Mother (Ashley) can't tell her identical twins apart. But when Otto (Booth) announces his brother (Sadleir) doesn't exist, the household descends into chaos."
Albee makes his Playwrights Horizons debut with this production. Mann previously worked with Playwrights Horizons directing Miss Witherspoon (2005). Ashley and Murray are also returning to the theatre company, where she appeared in When She Danced (1990) and he appeared in both The Butterfly Collection (2000) and Mud, River, Stone (1997). Booth previously appeared at Playwrights Horizons in Prayer for My Enemy (2009).
Me, Myself & I was commissioned by and had its world premiere at McCarter Theatre Center, opening on Jan. 18, 2008 and playing a limited engagement through Feb. 17, 2008.
Albee is the author of The Zoo Story (1958); The Death of Bessie Smith (1959); The Sandbox (1959); The American Dream (1960); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961-62, Tony Award); Tiny Alice (1964); A Delicate Balance (1966, Pulitzer Prize; 1996, Tony Award, Best Revival); All Over (1971); Seascape (1974, Pulitzer Prize); Listening (1975); Counting the Ways (1975); The Lady From Dubuque (1977-78); The Man Who Had Three Arms (1981); Finding the Sun (1982); Marriage Play (1986-87); Three Tall Women (1991, Pulitzer Prize); Fragments (1993); The Play About the Baby (1997); The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? (2000, 2002 Tony Award); Occupant (2001); At Home at the Zoo (Act 1, Homelife; Act 2, The Zoo Story) (2004); and Me, Myself & I (2007). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, and president of The Edward F. Albee Foundation. Albee was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980. In 1996 he received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005, he was awarded a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Single tickets for Me, Myself & I, at $75 each, may be purchased online via www.TicketCentral.com or www.PlaywrightsHorizons.org, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8 PM daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).