Michael Urie and Ryan Spahn star in Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo directed by Nathan Winkelstein with Sophie von Haselberg on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:30pm.
August 13, 2021: Guild Hall is presenting Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, a combination of his first play and one he wrote decades later, starring theater and TV star Michael Urie with his real life partner, Ryan Spahn.
Albee’s first play, The Zoo Story, written in just three weeks and initially rejected by American producers, offers a profound perspective on isolation and humanity’s fundamental need to connect. Peter-an unassuming and successful publishing executive is reading a book, on a bench, in Central Park when he is approached by the enigmatic Jerry. Rather than pushing one another away these two strangers have a profound, and life changing moment of connection. Albee’s boundary-pushing play gains new and deeper resonance in our current world of self-isolation and personal discovery. At Home at the Zoo (The Zoo Story) stars Michael Urie (Ugly Betty, Torch Song Trilogy) as Jerry and Ryan Spahn (Daniel’s Husband, Moscow x6, Gloria) as Peter, and Sophie von Haselberg as Ann.
Originally titled Peter & Jerry, At Home at the Zoo combines The Zoo Story (1959) with its prequel, Homelife (2004) Together these short plays form a complete story of Peter, a publishing executive; Ann, his wife; and Jerry, a stranger Peter meets in the park.
An interesting note in honor of Guild Hall’s 90th Anniversary – Albee, a longtime fixture on the East End, was among the earliest members of our Academy of the Arts and received an Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991. He also served one season as the Artistic Director of Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater.
Run time: Approx. 2 hours including intermission
This program will now take place indoors, in the John Drew Theater. Guests attending any INDOOR John Drew Theater programs must show proof of FULL vaccination. At this time, only fully vaccinated guests are permitted to attend programs in the indoor theater. Face coverings are required indoors for all guests, regardless of vaccinated status.
Photography: Barry Gordin