Zoo / Baby

An Evening with Albee and Durang

The Zoo Story by Edward Albee

Baby with the Bathwater by Christopher Durang

Directed by Robert Weathers



September 7, 8, 14, 15 at 7:30 pm
September 9, 16 at 2:00 pm
Williamsburg Library Theatre

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Come out and join Panglossian Productions for an absurd, outrageous, and biting look at modern life as told by two of America’s most unique voices: Edward Albee and Christopher Durang.

The Zoo Story (By Edward Albee): To escape from his family (One wife, two daughters, two cats, and two parakeets), Peter sits on a bench in Central Park to think for a bit. His day takes a turn for the bizarre when Jerry, who has just been to the zoo, intrudes upon Peter’s peace in a desperate attempt to connect through meaningful conversation. Before Peter knows what hit him, Jerry has pulled him in with his tales of “The Story of Jerry and the Dog” and his “Zoo Story”, ultimately finding connection on a savage, visceral level.

Baby with the Bathwater (By Christopher Durang) John and Helen have just had a baby, but they’re not sure what to name it. While John thinks the baby is a boy, Helen reminds him the doctor said they could decide on the sex later. Follow the life of Daisy, a boy raised by parents completely unprepared for parenthood. An absurd, dark comedy about how difficult it is to be a parent, and how scary it is to have parents.


Edward Albee (courtesy of the Kennedy Center) burst onto the American theatrical scene in the late 1950s with a variety of plays that detailed the agonies and disillusionment of that decade and the transition from the placid Eisenhower years to the turbulent 1960s. Albee’s plays, with their intensity, their grappling with modern themes, and their experiments in form, startled critics and audiences alike while changing the landscape of American drama. He was unanimously hailed as the successor to Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O’Neill. Albee’s 25 plays form a body of work that is recognized as unique, uncompromising, controversial, elliptical, and provocative. A canon that is, as Albee himself describes it “an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitution of artificial for real values in our society, a condemnation of complacency, cruelty, and emasculation and vacuity, a stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachy-keen.

Christopher Durang (Courtesy of his website) is a playwright whose plays include A History of the American Film (Tony nomination, Best Book of a Musical, 1978), The Actor’s Nightmare, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Obie award; off-Bway run 1981-83), Beyond Therapy (on Broadway in 1982, with Dianne Wiest and John Lithgow), Baby with the Bathwater (Playwrights Horizons, 1983), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Public Theatre, 1985; Obio award, Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award), Laughing Wild (Playwrights Horizons, 1987), Durang/Durang (an evening of six plays at Manhattan Theatre Club, 1994, including the Tennessee Williams’ parody, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls), Sex and Longing (Lincoln Center Theatre production at the Cort Theatre, 1996, starring Sigourney Weaver), and Betty’s Summer Vacation (Playwrights Horizons, 1999; Obie award).