Monday, July 30, 2012

Edward Albee's "The Zoo Story" gets rare underground production

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Ever feel that modern life is a lot like living in a zoo? You're not the only one.

Back in 1958, Edward Albee wrote the intense two-man, one-act play The Zoo Story. The still-shocking, seminal work—his first—established him as one of the 20th-century's great American playwrights. The temperamental Albee has since turned his one-act into a full length play, At Home at the Zoo, disallowing professional theater companies the rights to produce the original work.

Underground Atlanta art collective NEM (New Evolutionary Movement) is bringing the original Zoo Story to the stage for three nights only this week, Monday-Wednesday, July 30, 31, and August 1, at 8 p.m. at the INK Gallery, 431 Fair Street, in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Though we're not familiar with NEM and its productions yet, we can say that the opportunity to see the heavy-hitting, iconic play as it was originally written is not to be missed. Its depiction of unquiet desperation and simmering urban tensions that culminate in violence seems suddenly more relevant than ever.

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