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"The Zoo Story"

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Albee, Edward (American playwright, 1928- ), "The Zoo Story,"

a drama set by two benches in Central Park, New York City, a Sunday afternoon, summer, 1959,

2m (playwright specifies no females),

in Edward Albee's The Zoo Story and The Sandbox, ISBN 0-8222-1295-1, DPS 5045, script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539,, Hansen Drama Shop, 718 East 39th South, Salt Lake City, UT 84107-2106, telephone (801) 268-8753, fax (801) 265-3829, North Salinas High School Library, 55 Kip Drive, Salinas, California 93906, 408-753-4230, fax 408-449-9414, NSHS 16382, NSHS 29313. Cited to present author by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail, March 20, 1997; the citation says,

Dramatis Personae Peter (m), Jerry (m)

Synopsis ". . . [A]s described by Oppenheimer, Newsday: 'A man sits peacefully reading in the sunlight in Central Park. There enters a second man, the antithesis of the first. He is a young, unkempt and undisciplined vagrant, where the first is neat, ordered, well-to-do, conventional. The vagrant is a soul in torture and rebellion. He longs to communicate so fiercely that, when he does make the attempt, he alternately frightens and repels his listener. He is a man drained of all hope who, in his passion for company, seeks to drain his companion. With ironic humor and unrelenting suspense, we see the young savage slowly but relentlessly bring his victim down to his own atavistic level and initiate a shocking and horrible ending.'

Comment "A New York and European success. 'This is good theatre, period.'-McClain, N.Y. Journal-American. . . . 'Mr. Albee can make his narrative seem ominous and his climax chilling while writing with unhackneyed vigor, observing with humor, insight and sympathy, and drawing character with vividness and force.'-Watts, N.Y. Post. . . . Extremely simple set and props. . . . Following instructions from the author of this play, it may be released only for amateur performances at which the audience is unsegregated."

Themes Central Park, compulsion, dominance, wanderer.

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