EDWARD ALBEE’S “The Play about the Baby”: The Road on Magnolia

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“CRITIC’S PICK! Superb design elements, most notably Lily Bartenstein’s lighting and projection design, buoy director Andre Barron’s impeccably paced staging. The superlative cast is spearheaded by the magnificent Anderson, a mesmerizing villain whose creepy affability will tickle your funny bone while raising your hackles.” – L.A. Times

“A truly extraordinary historic event… The Play About The Baby is dark and chilling and supremely hilarious at the same time. In no other play to my knowledge has the truth of the concept that it is the journey and not the destination that rules the consciousness been so powerfully displayed.” – LOS ANGELES POST-EXAMINER

“Dark and beautiful and startling as it is absurd and even soothing… The Play About The Baby is a gorgeous, dangerous experience, equally performed to excellence by the entire cast… hands down one of The Road Theatre’s most extraordinary productions.” – GIA ON THE MOVE

“Imaginatively directed, beautifully acted, gorgeously designed… Andre Barron’s direction is the very definition of inspired, and a stunning production design aids enormously in bringing his vision to vivid life.” – STAGE SCENE LA

“Touching and disturbing… Bring[s] the opening of the theatre’s 26th season to an explosive start. [Anderson and Gilbert’s] presence is profound as they deliver stellar performances cloaked in menace and mystery.”- EDGE MEDIA NETWORK

“What does it all mean? As always, Albee leaves it up to us. But he gives us plenty of clues… Director Barron has cast the piece beautifully and deploys his actors with wit in Albee’s clever ideological vaudeville.” – STAGE RAW

Opens Friday, Sept 16 at 8PM

Performances Fri 8PM, Sat 8PM, Sun 2PM
Through December 10th

AT THE ROAD ON MAGNOLIA
10747 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

SYNOPSIS

Equally hilarious and frightening, Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby is a darkly comic dramatic fable by Pulitzer- and Tony-winning playwright Edward Albee. In this exclusive Los Angeles engagement, a young couple, madly in love with each other and their child, find their picture-perfect life interrupted when an older couple steals their baby. That act sets off a series of mind games and manipulations that makes everyone question their sense of reality. Albee’s trademark wit and incandescent language shed light on the joys and terrors of creating another human being in what many have called his absurdist take on his own Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. See this rarely produced gem in The Road Theatre Company’s production starring Sam Anderson (Lost) and The Road’s co-artistic director Taylor Gilbert.

**PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NUDITY AND ADULT CONTENT IN THIS PERFORMANCE. FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY. **

“If you have no wounds, how can you know you’re alive?” – MAN

LOCATION

The Road on Magnolia
10747 Magnolia Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601

CAST

MAN – Sam Anderson
WOMAN – Taylor Gilbert
GIRL – Allison Blaize
BOY – Philip Orazio

PRODUCTION & DESIGN TEAM

Director – Andre Barron
Assistant Director – Jacob Smith
Producers – Anna Carini, Chet Grissom & Emma Pauly
Set Design – Sarah B. Brown
Lighting & Projection Design – Lily Bartenstein
Sound Design – Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski
Costume Design – Michele Young
Original Music Composition – Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski
Stage Manager – Maurie Gonzalez

This production is in affiliation with the Edward Albee Society.
For more information about the Society and Mr. Albee’s works, please visit
http://edwardalbeesociety.org/

REVIEWS

“Delightful and disturbing… ‘Baby’ rockets into that special corner of theatre heaven where words shoot off like fireworks into dazzling patterns and hues. This funny, harrowing dramatic fable… is as explicit and concise a statement of what Mr. Albee believes as he is ever likely to deliver. A cosmic vaudeville, in which two old pros in this old world teach a pair of untried tyros just how bleak and dangerous the universe can be.”The New York Times

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

EDWARD ALBEE (Playwright) is an American dramatist and theatrical producer best known for his play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962), which displays slashing insight and witty dialogue in its gruesome portrayal of married life.

Albee was the adopted child of a father who had for a time been the assistant general manager of a chain of vaudeville theatres then partially owned by the Albee family. At the time of Albee’s adoption, though, both his parents were involved with owning and showing saddle horses. He had a difficult relationship with his parents, particularly with his mother, whom he saw as distant and unloving. Albee grew up in New York City and nearby Westchester county.

Among Albee’s early one-act plays, The Zoo Story (1959), The Sandbox (1959), and The American Dream (1961) were the most successful and established him as an astute critic of American values. But it is his first full-length play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, that remains his most important work. Virginia Woolf won immediate acclaim and established Albee as a major American playwright.

It was followed by a number of full-length works—including A Delicate Balance (1966; winner of a Pulitzer Prize), which was based in part on his mother’s witty alcoholic sister, and Three Tall Women (1994; Pulitzer Prize). Among his other plays are Tiny Alice (1965); Seascape (1975; also winner of a Pulitzer Prize); and The Play About the Baby (1998); The Goat; or, Who Is Sylvia? (2002) and Occupant (2001).  Albee also expanded The Zoo Story into a two-act play, called Peter and Jerry (2004). (The play was retitled At Home at the Zoo in 2009.)

In addition to writing, Albee produced a number of plays and lectured at schools throughout the country. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1996. A compilation of his essays and personal anecdotes, Stretching My Mind, was published in 2005. That year Albee also received a Tony Award for lifetime achievement.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

From the creative team of last season’s hit production The Other Place by Sharr White at The Road Theatre Company… Edward Albee’s The Play about the Baby reunites award-winning actors Sam Anderson, Taylor Gilbert and director Andre Barron in a rare look into an Albee masterpiece.

The acclaimed production The Other Place — Critic’s Choice LA Times & LA Weekly Recommended GO! — was featured in many Top Ten Lists in 2015 and went on to win many accolades and awards.

ANDRE BARRON (Director)
Award-winning Road Theatre Resident Director recently directed West Coast Premiere “Broken Fences” by Steven Simoncic (Stage Raw Recommended Top Ten), LA Premiere “Things Being What They Are” by Wendy MacLeod (Stage Raw Recommended Top Ten). Barron also directed LA Premiere “The Other Place” by Sharr White (Critic’s Choice LA Times & LA Weekly Recommended, GO!” Broadway World & Robby Award nominations for Best Direction of a Drama for “The Other Place”. “ITed E”, performed by David Strassman and directed by Andre Barron, is on international tour currently in Australia. Produced by Puppetronics Inc. Other acclaimed productions in Los Angeles include: “Rosen’s Son” by Joe Pintauro (LA Times Critic’s Choice),  LA Premiere. “The Ice- Breaker” by David Rambo, West Coast Premiere “Dreams of The Washer King” by Christopher Wall (LA Weekly Recommended GO!) at Theatre 40. World Premiere ” Fernando Richardson’s Treacherous Brain”by Monica Trasandes (Critic’s Choice Backstage West & LA Weekly Recommended GO!) Open Fist Theatre. World Premiere “Red Dog Howls” by Alexander Dinelaris (LA Times Critic’s Choice) El Portal Theatre. “Some Of My Parts” by Dari Mackenzie at Theatre Row, NYC.

SAM ANDERSON (Man) is the artistic director of The Road Theatre Company, a position he shares with founder Taylor Gilbert. Road Theatre Acting credits include: The Other Place, The Bird and Mr. Banks (Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award – Best Actor), Napoli Millionaria (Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award – Best Actor) and Madagascar. Rogue Machine: Blackbird (Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award – Best Actor, LA Weekly Award – Best Duo Performance). Road directing credits include Clete Keith’s The Different Shades of Hugh, Theresa Rebeck’s The Water’s Edge, Stacy Sims’ As White As O, and Shove by Mark Eisman (LA Weekly Directing Nomination.) Film & Television audiences know him from 35 years of performances, including his recent recurring turn as the evil Lee Paxton on “Justified,” Bernard on “Lost,” Dr. Kaysen on “E.R.” (SAG Award, Best Ensemble), Holland Manners on “Angel” and the films “Water for Elephants,” “Forrest Gump,” “La Bamba,” “Frankie Go Boom,” “Breaking the Girls” and the recently release horror thriller from Fox, “Devil’s Due.” Upcoming Sam stars in “Modern Love” and the A&E pilot, “Damien” due in 2016. Sam holds an MA in American Lit/Creative Writing, as well as his theatre degrees. He teaches a professional acting class combining scene study, improv, monologues and audition technique. He is also a graduate of The Grantsmanship Institute and studied Horticulture at Descanso Gardens. He is most proud of his 22-year old twin theatre graduates, Elizabeth and Ben.

TAYLOR GILBERT (Woman) is celebrating her 26th season as Founder and Artistic Director of The Road Theatre Company. Producing credits include more than 80 critically acclaimed productions for The Road Theatre Company. Directing credits include the award-winning In The Name of the People, Mooncalf, My Last Confession, The Chisholm Trail Went through Here and Slumber Party. As Co-Director (with Ken Sawyer): Hitler’s Head, Homefires. Awards: As a Producer, over 130 regional theatre awards, including: the Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre, the 2002 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award (Best Production of a Small Play) for The Woman in Black. Acting credits at the Road include ‘White People’ LA Weekly nominee best actress, Madagascar, Oroborous, Pagans, Neither Have I Wings to Fly, Sovereign Body and a plethora of others for most recently The Other Place.

 

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