On Wednesday February 15, 2012 LongHouse Reserve celebrated the revival of Edward Albee’s “The Lady from Dubuque” in New York, where the play is part of the launch of The Pershing Square Signature Center, a fantastic three theater complex designed by Frank Gehry at 480 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenue. Albee, a longtime friend of LongHouse founder Jack Lenor Larsen, attended the pre-theater cocktail and dinner reception hosted by Peter Wilson and Scott Sanders at their penthouse, where a luxurious bus waited to whisk attendees up 10th Ave for the 7:30 pm curtain.
The Pulitzer Prize winning Playwright, a member of the Arts Committee at LongHouse, collaborated with Jane Alexander to revive his 1980 play as part of the inauguration of The Pershing Square Signature Center, a modern three theater complex that is the new home for the Signature Theatre. Playwrights Athol Fugard and Katori Hall will open in the other two theaters.
The LongHouse evening coincided with the start of the run for “The Lady from Dubuque” at The Pershing Square Signature Center, where Albee and Larsen conducted an after the play talk back without Alexander, whose chair remained vacant to Albee’s mild astonishment. He proved an excellent foil for those asking questions and put forth some provocative wisdom about his playwriting techniques. The revival helmed by David Esbjor nson features a cast of Jane Alexander, Catherine Curtin, Michael Hayden, Peter Francis James, Tricia Paoluccio, Thomas Jay Ryan, Laila Robins, and C.J. Wilson for a limited run through March 25.
LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton exemplifies living with art in all forms and is open to the public from spring until late fall. Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen the LongHouse gardens and not-for-profit museum are on nearly 16 acres. The sculpture gardens feature 60 sculptures from diverse artist ranging from Dale Chihuly to Yoko Ono.
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… Patrick Christiano
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