Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance next at McCarter Theatre

McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey will present Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, directed by Emily Mann, January 18 through February 17, 2013. Opening night is Friday, January 25.
The cast features two-time Obie Award-winner and Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant, Tony Award-winner John Glover, three-time Tony nominee Mary Beth Hurt, Roberta Maxwell, James A. Stephens, and Francesca Faridany.
Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance features set design by Daniel Ostling, costume design by Jennifer von Mayrhauser, lighting by Lap Chi Chu, and stage management by Alison Cote.
“It is one of my great joys as Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre that Edward Albee has been a guest of this theater for so many collaborations from Marriage Play and through All Over and Me, Myself & I (both of which I directed at McCarter and in New York). Once again, it is an enormous pleasure to share with you the work of Edward Albee, one of the world’s finest living playwrights and a national treasure,” says director Emily Mann.
Agnes and Tobias’ precarious suburban lives are shaken when they find themselves facing unexpected houseguests—who plan to stay indefinitely. Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; Me, Myself & I), one of American theater’s most influential writers, pens this scorching masterpiece, which won him his first of three Pulitzer Prizes. With this production, Edward Albee continues his long collaboration with McCarter’s Artistic Director, Emily Mann, in this stylish, bold, and profoundly touching social comedy.
Tickets for Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance range from $20-$65, and are available online at, by phone at (609) 258-2787, and in person at the McCarter Theatre ticket office (91 University Place, Princeton). Student and group rates are also available.


Kathleen Chalfant (Agnes) Her New York stage credits include Angels in America (Tony, Drama Desk Award nominations), Racing Demon, Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, Wit (also at Long Wharf Theatre, in Los Angeles and London; Drama Desk, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, Connecticut Critics Circle Awards), Prophecy by Karen Malpede, A Hard Heart, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, Great Expectations, Bloomer Girl, Guantanamo, The Last Letter, Talking Heads, Savannah Bay, Far Away, Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Twelve Dreams, Henry V (Callaway Award), True History and Real Adventures, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Endgame, The Party, and Three Poets. Film and television: Duplicity, The Last New Yorker, Murder and Murder, Bob Roberts, Five Corners, Jumpin’ at the Boneyard, A Price Above Rubies, Perfect Stranger, Kinsey, Book of Daniel, The People Speak, The Guardian, The Laramie Project, Lackawanna Blues, Benjamin Franklin, A Death in the Family, Rescue Me, all iterations of Law & Order, and Storm of the Century.

Francesca Faridany (Julia) has been seen at McCarter Theatre in Fräulein Else, Don Juan, Design for Living, and The Game of Love and Chance. Her Broadway credits include Man and Boy opposite Frank Langella, The 39 Steps, and The Homecoming. Off-Broadway, Ms. Faridany appeared in The New York Idea, Orlando, and Strindberg’s The Stronger, opposite Marthe Keller. Other roles include Nina Leeds in Strange Interlude (Shakespeare Theatre, DC), and Cassandra in Agamemnon opposite Tyne Daly (The Getty Villa).

John Glover
John Glover (Tobias) returns to McCarter Theatre where he appeared in The Cherry Orchard, directed by Emily Mann, and the world premiere of Sorrows and Rejoicings, written and directed by Athol Fugard. His numerous New York stage credits include Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony Award), Waiting for Godot (Tony and Drama League nominations), The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Paris Letter (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and Drama League nominations), Give Me Your Answer Do, The Royal Family, The Drowsy Chaperone, Design For Living, Whodunnit, Frankenstein, The Importance of Being Earnest, Holiday, The Visit, Don Juan, The Great God Brown (Drama Desk Award), Secrets of the Trade, Oblivion Postponed, Rebel Women, the original House of Blue Leaves, and most recently, Mike Nichols’ production of Death of A Salesman, opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman. On television, he is perhaps best known for his Emmy nominated role as Lionel Luthor on the long-running television series Smallville. His film credits include Payback, Batman and Robin, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Gremlins II, Scrooged, Masquerade, The Chocolate War, Rocket Gilbraltar, 52 Pick-Up, White Nights, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Melvin and Howard, Julia and Annie Hall.
Mary Beth Hurt (Claire) has appeared on Broadway in Love for Love (Clarence Derwent Award), House of Blue Leaves, Secret Service, Member of the Wedding, Crimes of the Heart (Tony nom., Obie Award), Benefactors (Tony nom.), The Secret Rapture, and Top Girls. Her other New York stage credits include Old Money, A Delicate Balance, Trelawny of the ‘Wells’ (Tony nom) and The Cherry Orchard. For the Public Theater: More Than You Deserve, Hopscotch, As You Like it, Pericles, Othello, One Shoe Off. Film: Interiors (BAFTA nom.), Head Over Heels, D.A.R.Y.L., Defenseless, Affliction, Untraceable, Six Degrees of Separation, The Head Girl (American Spirit nom.). TV: Law & Order, No Ordinary Baby, The Beat, Working it Out.
Mary Beth Hurt
Roberta Maxwell (Edna) Broadway credits include Our Town opposite Spalding Gray, Equus with Anthony Hopkins, Othello, Henry V. Her many stage credits include productions at Classic Stage Company, The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, Stratford Connecticut, and Stratford Ontario. Film: Dead Man Walking, Brokeback Mountain, Popeye, Philadelphia, Last Night, Sudden Disclosure, Scar Tissue. TV: Law & Order, Another World, Mourning Becomes Electra (PBS), Airwaves (CBS Series), What Makes A Family, Warehouse 13. Awards: Obie (Whistle in the Dark, Ashes), Drama Desk (Slag), Carbonell (Lettice and Lovage).
James A. Stephens (Harry) Most recently appeared in the American premiere of Embers at the Guthrie Theatre. McCarter: A Christmas Carol, The Birthday Party. Broadway: 45 Seconds From Broadway, the Broadway international tour of Grand Hotel, Sir Peter Hall’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Off-Broadway: House and Garden (MTC), Philadelphia Here I Come!, God Hates the Irish, The Country Boy, Don Juan in Hell, The Hostage, Nightingale. Regional: Shadowlands, Monster at the Door, Ten Unknowns, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Terra Nova, Ghosts. UK: The Old Vic and Prospect Theatre companies, The National Theatre, London’s West End, and many of Britain's repertory theaters. TV: PAN AM, In Treatment, Law & Order, among others. Film: Red Butterfly, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Sherlock Holmes, A Novel Romance, The Last International Playboy, Decent.
Edward Albee was born on March 12, 1928, and began writing plays 30 years later. His plays include The Zoo Story (1958); The Death of Bessie Smith (1959); The Sandbox (1959); The American Dream (1960); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961-62, Tony Award®); Tiny Alice (1964); A Delicate Balance (1966, Pulitzer Prize, 1966 Tony Award®); All Over (1971); Seascape (1974, Pulitzer Prize); Listening (1975); Counting the Ways (1975); The Lady From Dubuque (1977-78); The Man Who Had Three Arms (1981); Finding the Sun (1982); Marriage Play (1986-87); Three Tall Women (1991, Pulitzer Prize); Fragments (1993); The Play About the Baby (1997); The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2000, 2002 Tony Award®); Occupant (2001); and At Home At the Zoo: (Act 1, Homelife; Act 2, The Zoo Story.) (2004); Me, Myself and I (2010). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and president of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. Mr. Albee was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980. In 1996 he received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award®.
Emily Mann (director) is in her 23rd season as Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre where her recent directing credits include the world premieres of The Convert by Danai Gurira (also at the Goodman Theatre and CTG in Los Angeles); Phaedra Backwards by Marina Carr; Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why; and Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I (also at Playwrights Horizons). Other McCarter directing credits include Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics (also on Broadway), the world premiere of Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon (also off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons), All Over (also off-Broadway at The Roundabout; 2003 Obie Award for Directing), Three Sisters, A Doll House, The Glass Menagerie, and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Last spring, Emily directed A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway with Blair Underwood, Wood Harris, Nicole Ari Parker, and Daphne Rubin-Vega. Ms. Mann wrote and directed Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations; NAACP and Joseph Jefferson Awards; Peabody and Christopher Awards for the screenplay). A winner of the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and the Edward Albee Last Frontier Directing Award, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on its council. 
ABOUT McCarter Theatre Center Under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Mann and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, along with Producing Director Mara Isaacs, McCarter Theatre Center is recognized as one of the nation’s premier theater companies. Renowned for major contributions to the theatrical canon, McCarter premieres include Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Miss Witherspoon (both commissions); Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays; Will Power’s Fetch Clay, Make Man (commission); Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I (commission); Emily Mann’s Having Our Say; Danai Gurira’s The Convert; Beth Henley’s Ridiculous Fraud (commission); Regina Taylor’s Crowns (commission); Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman (commission); Athol Fugard’s Valley Song; and Stephen Wadsworth’s Marivaux trilogy. McCarter has also produced major new productions of Brian Friel’s Translations, directed by Garry Hynes; Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics and Edward Albee’s All Over, directed by Emily Mann; and Electra, directed by David Leveaux. McCarter is supported by Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and over 3,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations.
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