Zoo Story Pillow Talk Poster
Tucson’s Speak The Speech Theatre to Produce:
An Evening of One Act Plays
Centering on the Theme
…to understand and possibly to be understood…
The Zoo Story
Speak The Speech Theatre Company’s first offering of the season is: An Evening of One Act Plays centering on the theme: “to understand and possibly to be understood” directed by Dan Reichel, starring four talented male actors (listed in alphabetical order): Anthony Auriemma, Ken Beider, Eric Everts and Davin Wang. The evening will begin with famed American playwright Edward Albee’s classic one act, The Zoo Story. Combining both realistic and absurd elements, Albee has constructed a short but multi-leveled play dealing with issues of human isolation, loneliness, class differences, and the dangers of inaction within American society. The evening continues with Television writer and producer‘s (“Murphy Brown” and “Rescue Me”) play Pillow Talk. The play deals with the same issues as Zoo Story but with a more comic treatment. The plays perform weekends starting October 10, 2014 – October 26, 2014. The performances will be held at our new Theatre: The Community Playhouse, 1881 N Oracle Rd. Tucson, AZ, Fri. and Sat. Performances at 7:30pm, Sun. at 2pm. Ticket prices are as follows: $18 Adult Advance Ticket (purchase before opening night though website STStheatre.org.) $20 Adult, $15 Sr./Mil./Stu. $10 Group sales of 10 or more, $10 industry discount to all working Tucson performers. Tickets will be available September 10th through our web site: STSTheatre.org or call (520)-904-8054.
About the Plays
The Zoo Story by Edward Albee
The Zoo Story is Albee’s first masterpiece and the beginning of his great career as a dramatist. In this play, he introduced many themes like that of Illusion and Reality in modern society, isolation of human existence in a world without God, lack of communication between individuals and the recurring theme of repetition. Albee has constructed a short but multi-level led play dealing with issues of, loneliness, class differences, and the dangers of inaction within American society.
Pillow Talk by Peter Tolan
”Pillow Talk” puts two heterosexual male friends in embarrassing proximity. On a transcontinental automobile trip they stay overnight in the mobile home of Mr. Hagen’s grandmother, and are forced to share a bed. The author works infinite variations on the bedding arrangement, beginning with Mr. Kenny’s acute discomfort and Mr. Hagen’s equally acute desire for sleep. But the consistent humor flows mostly from personality and situation, not jokes, as the play gently raises ideas about friendship, expression and the walls we humans build around ourselves. Playwright Peter Tolan has a good ear for how friends talk — they know what buttons to push, for one thing. The play charmingly depicts the awkwardness that can come with male friendship in our society.