Albee’s The Zoo Story at Spotlight Players

The Spotlight Players Theatre of Beech Grove, Indiana present Edward Albee’s one act The Zoo Story on stage April 30 to May 9. This riveting, yet troubling tale shares the intersection of two men’s lives one afternoon in Central Park. Tickets for this Indianapolis theatre event are $12.00 for Indianapolis people and $10.00 for Indianapolis kids with a student ID and senior citizens. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 6:00 pm. Don’t miss an exciting Indianapolis performing arts event at Spotlight Players Theatre.

American playwright, Edward Albee wrote The Zoo Story in 1958 in just three weeks. Originally titled Peter and Jerry, the play was rejected by New York producers because of its deep exploration of isolation, loneliness, social disparity and dehumanization in a commercial world. The play premiered in West Berlin at the Schiller Theatre Werkstatt in September of 1959. It was first staged in the United States over a year later in 1960 at the Provincetown Playhouse. It was paired with Samuel Beckett’s short play Krapp’s Last Tape, another unusual one act play for its time.

The Zoo Story has only two characters. Peter is a middle class executive living life in a nuclear family complete with two cats and two parakeets. He lives in ignorance of the world around him as he enjoys a settled, yet boring life. Jerry is troubled and isolated man whose home at a boarding house has left him disheartened. One afternoon, Jerry, desperate to have a meaningful conversation with anyone, intrudes on Peter’s park bench in New York’s Central Park. He forces Peter to listen to his life’s stories including one titled “The Story of Jerry and the Dog,” or the reason behind his visit to the zoo.

The play progresses to a shocking end, as Jerry’s crazed loneliness climaxes. As Peter tries to leave, the situation heightens to unbelievable events. Yet, Albee employs provocative humor and unrelenting suspense throughout as the savage young Jerry brings Peter down to his own atavistic level, all the while relating his story about a visit to the zoo. Brandon Gelvin and Randy D. Pease star as Jerry and Peter respectively. Directed by Ryan Reddick.

Don’t miss Spotlight Players Theatre’s production of Edward Albee’s riveting The Zoo Story. This Beech Grove, Indiana based theatre company shares the work of a brilliant American playwright, who helped to change the way we view not only live theatre but the art of storytelling itself. Head to Beech Grove, Indiana to support this Indianapolis art organization. Beech Grove art presents challenging theatre with Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story. Support them as they present a risky and extremely interesting show, which has become a classic of modern American theatre.

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The Zoo Story
April 30 to May 9

Spotlight Players Theatre
524 Main Street
Beech Grove, IN 46107

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