Theatre to perform five shows of ‘At Home at the Zoo’

Marietta College’s “Fight of Flight” theatre season continues with a five-show run of At Home at the Zoo, beginning at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18.

Performances continue at 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, and conclude on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. All performances are in the Studio 101 theatre of the Hermann Fine Arts Center.

At Home at the Zoo is a ferociously personal drama. Peter lives the American Dream: a steady job, a good home, a wife, two daughters, two cats and two parakeets. But is Peter only sleepwalking through life? His wife, Ann, wakes him up. Then a complete stranger in Central Park shatters the dream. Edward Albee, America’s greatest living playwright, returns to and expands upon The Zoo Story, the critically acclaimed one-act play that launched his career fifty years ago.

At Home at the Zoo is directed by theatre major Thomas Daniels ’12 (Falls Church, Va.).

“Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo is fascinating because of how it was created. Albee’s Zoo Story launched his career in 1958 and started the journey from obscurity to his current status as one of the world’s greatest living playwrights,” Daniels said. “Never one to care about public opinion, Albee wrote the prequel one-act Homelife in 2009, and called the full evening At Home at the Zoo. And so the play that spans the beginning and the end of Albee’s career is a captivating expose of how we communicate, or fail to, with both loved ones and strangers. The surprise ending has been thrilling audiences for more than 50 years. Hopefully it will continue to do so.”

Tickets may be reserved by leaving a voicemail at the box office at (740) 376-4678 or purchased before the show. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for students. Tickets for Marietta College students and employees are free. Reservations are strongly recommended. Reserved tickets may be picked up and paid for being one hour before the performance. Reserved tickets must be picked up by 10 minutes before the performance, at that time any unclaimed tickets will be released.

For more information, contact Dorothy Leifheit at (740) 376-4688 or dwl001@marietta.edu.

The Department of Theatre at Marietta College provides students with excellent opportunities to engage with all areas of the theatre arts as they pursue a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or a theatre minor. As an extension of the classroom, each production season provides students with the opportunities to apply their knowledge and gain experience as actors, directors, designers, and technicians. Mainstage, studio, and festival productions of musicals and plays from different periods in theatre history, in a variety of styles, and on a dynamic range of subjects strive to make a meaningful contribution to the cultural conversation for both the Marietta College community and the Mid-Ohio Valley region.