FOLLOWED BY A CONVERSATION WITH JAKOB HOLDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE EDWARD ALBEE FOUNDATION
by Edward Albee
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In association with The Estate of Edward Albee, the Black Box announces LISTENING (1976) and COUNTING THE WAYS (1976) as the next monthly reading in EDWARD ALBEE: FROM A TO ZOO, AN EXCLUSIVE STAGED READING SERIES OF EDWARD ALBEE'S PLAYS.
LISTENING is described by Clive Barnes as “a chamber opera and a symbolic poem about communication." The Edward Albee society website notes how it weaves together its strands of conversation and soliloquy into a meaningful pattern of events underscoring the inescapable fact that while we may listen, we do not always hear, and our lives, for better or worse, are shaped accordingly.
COUNTING THE WAYS concerns a long-married couple aware that time has wrought changes in their relationship. In his introduction to The Collected Plays of Edward Albee. Vol. 2, Mr. Albee explained that the piece "was composed to be done with Listening – before it – as a nicely varied evening... Perhaps what I have written is a “curtain lower” rather than the curtain raiser I had supposed."
Performances are followed by a conversation with the cast, director, and Jakob Holder, Executive Director of The Edward F. Albee Foundation and Mr. Albee's longest serving assistant.
From the masterworks to the rarely seen, this curated monthly series began in May with THE SANDBOX (1959) and THE AMERICAN DREAM (1960) and has continued with FINDING THE SUN (1983) and MARRIAGE PLAY (1983) in June, THE MAN WHO HAD THREE ARMS (1983) in July, and MALCOLM (1966) in August.
Since Fall 2021, The Black Box continues to incubate new and under-produced plays by world-class artists such as Eric Bogosian, Paul Schrader, Beth Henley, Craig Lucas, Neil Labute, Daniel Handler, Ken Levine, and most recently John Patrick Shanley. Collaborations are now underway with The Estates of Sam Shepard and IB Singer as well as with artists including Craig Carnelia, Migdalia Cruz, John Lahr, Ishmael Reed, Billy Martin, and Halley Feiffer.