Thomas Nelson Community College to Present Two Plays by Edward Albee


Published: October 19, 2006

The Virginia Peninsula – The Thomas Nelson Players, the performing arts group at Thomas Nelson Community College will present two plays by Edward Albee. The Zoo Story and The Sandbox will be performed at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the Hampton campus of Thomas Nelson Community College on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 at 8:00pm. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $8.00 one hour before each performance.

The Thomas Nelson Players are currently rehearsing form this play under the direction of Thomas Nelson faculty, Beth Beasley. For additional information, contact Beasley at 825-2752.

About the Plays:

In The Zoo Story, Peter, a middle-class editor, sits reading on his favorite bench in Central Park, as he does every Sunday afternoon. He is approached by Jerry, a scruffy vagrant who is desperate to make contact with someone, or something. A storyteller with brilliant verbal dexterity, Jerry accosts Peter with questions about his personal life and then begins a spell-binding narrative about his own childhood, the miserable boardinghouse where he lives, and his landlady’s dog, which attacks him whenever he enters the building. Jerry’s hypnotic monologue ranges from absurdly comic to horrifying, ultimately forcing Peter out of his complacency and changing his life forever. With its themes of class differences, isolation, and the driving human need for connection, this one-act play, Albee’s critically-acclaimed debut, remains as powerful today as it was when it premiered in 1960.

With its more symbolic characters and setting, The Sandbox is Albee’s brief, blistering commentary on contemporary family relationships and on the absurdity of rituals associated with death and dying. Feisty, eighty-six-year-old grandma is brought to the beach by her middle-aged daughter and son-in-law, who unceremoniously dump her into a sandbox. Attended by a musician and a mysterious young man doing calisthenics, grandma recounts her life story and her callous treatment at the hands of her children. The play, which Albee dedicated to the memory of his own grandmother, deals head-on with how American society marginalizes the elderly, and how families abdicate their responsibilities to each other as human beings.

Note to News Media Editors, Reporters and Photographers:
The Thomas Nelson Players are currently rehearsing for this performance. If you wish to attend the rehearsals, please contact Maritza Davila, Public Relations Coordinator at 825-3811.

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