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News Albee's Seascape to Wash Ashore at the Booth on Oct. 28 Seascape, one of the few Edward Albee plays that hasn't been revived in New York in recent years, will begin previews at the Booth Theatre on Oct. 28, with Mark Lamos directing.
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The Lincoln Center production will open Nov. 21. LCT's usual Broadway venue, the Vivian Beaumont, is currently tied up with the extended run of The Light in the Piazza. The play features George Grizzard (who was the original Nick in Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and won a Tony for the 1996 revival of A Delicate Balance), Elizabeth Marvel (Hedda Gabler), Frances Sternhagen (most recently on Broadway in Steel Magnolias) and Frederick Weller (part of the recent Tony-winning Glengarry Glen Ross revival).

Lamos directed the work at Hartford Stage in 2002. Grizzard also starred in that mounting. His co-stars at the time were Pamela Payton-Wright, David Patrick Kelly and Annalee Jefferies.That production was to have traveled from Hartford to Off-Broadway's Second Stage, but those plans were later scuttled.

The production will mark the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama's first Broadway revival since its 1975 premiere. The production, directed by Albee, lasted only 63 performances, but it did introduce Broadway audiences to Frank Langella, who won a Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play. The production also starred Deborah Kerr, Barry Nelson and Maureen Anderman.

Albee's pastoral title conceals a starkly expressionistic drama which 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.

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