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Marriage Play

Marriage Play
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Edward Albee
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 41
Pub. Date: 1995
ISBN-10: 0822214229
ISBN-13: 9780822214229
Cast Size: 1 female, 1 male

About the Play:

Marriage Play is a full-length drama by Edward Albee. Jack and Gillian's 30-year marriage appears to be falling apart. Marriage Play explores the crisis as they sort through the memories, grievances, and love they've shared, searching for certainty about their future. A concise look at that point in life where one can question his or her very existence.

Marriage Play portrays a married couple in crisis. Jack comes home from a middling day at the office to quickly announce to his wife, Gillian, that he is leaving her. Suspecting for some time a midlife crisis, Gillian goads Jack about this announcement, forcing him to try it again – going outside and coming in again – twice! Jack wants his wife, whom he still loves, to really understand his fears and the reasons he must leave her. His days seem unknown to him; his secretary of fifteen years is a total stranger; his sex is by rote. Gillian understands but feels the investment of a thirty-year marriage is worth holding on to because so much is in place, and quite frankly, they've been through these changes before: affairs, neglect, sections of time forgotten. Jack accuses Gillian of not listening, an accusation she easily returns, and when Jack then does start to leave, Gillian blocks him and a small battle ensues. Retreating to their corners, both recount memorable points in their marriage and lives, and discovering that through it all, nothing is really enough. As the lights fade, they prepare for a departure but don't make a move.

Marriage Play premiered in 1987 at Vienna's English Theatre in Vienna, Austria. The American premiere was a co-production first presented in 1992 at the Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas and subsequently at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey. It was produced off-Broadway at New York's Signature Theatre in 1993 and remounted at London's National Theatre in 2001 in a double bill with Finding the Sun. The play has been performed in regional repertory, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 1 female, 1 male

What people say:

"Albee's writing, as ever, proves taut, effective and often slyly yet corrosively funny." — The New York Times

"…it's disturbing, funny, violent, and not in the least sentimental." — The New Yorker

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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