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Finding the Sun

Finding the Sun
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Edward Albee
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 39
Pub. Date: 1994
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822213273
ISBN-13: 9780822213277
Cast Size: 4 female, 4 male

About the Play:

Finding the Sun is a one-act drama by Edward Albee. Combining sexual and inter-generational themes, the lives of three couples and a mother and son collide on a Long Island beach for privileged conservatives. With compact lyricism and sharp humour, Finding the Sun demonstrates a master playwright at work as he discourses on maturity, passion and the passage of time.

Finding the Sun is a story of chance meetings that turn into a kaleidoscopic view of passion, showcasing love of every variety: from young to old, from romantic to familial. Running into each other at the beach, Cordelia and Abigail do all they can to hide their dislike for one another, probably because their husbands, Daniel and Benjamin, aren't doing so well at hiding the fact that they themselves were once in love before ever deciding to marry Cordelia and Abigail instead. Gertrude and Henden (Daniel and Cordelia's parents by previous marriages) play witness to their step-childrens' passions which inevitably excite their own, despite their age. Gertrude acts upon her lusty curiosity by investigating what she imagines to be a sexual relationship between Edmee and Fergus, a mother and son whom she meets at the beach that day. Henden, in his own time, approaches the sixteen-year-old Fergus and finds himself answering the boy's discomforting questions about the nature of Daniel and Benjamin's past relationship. All together, these chance meetings and forays into frankness offer a kaleidoscopic view of passion which spans all the ages of man and woman and all the varieties of love we know.

Finding the Sun premiered in 1983 at the University of Northern Colorado. It was next performed in 1984 at both the University of California-Irvine and the University of Houston. The play premiered in 2001 Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre Company in a triple bill with Box and The Sandbox, and was remounted at London's National Theatre in 2001 in a double bill with Marriage Play. The play has been performed in regional repertory, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 4 female, 4 male

About the Playwright:

Edward Albee (1928-2016) was an American playwright. Widely considered the foremost American dramatist of his generation, he wrote and directed some of the best plays in contemporary American theatre. Three of his plays have received Pulitzer Prizes, and two won a Tony Award for best play. He was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 he received both the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005 he was awarded the special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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