Edward Albee’s classic,The Zoo Story, will feature accomplished local actors — Mario Pagan as Jerry and Patrick Peacock as Peter. Directed by Marc Weathersby, the play will be presented free of charge in the Experimental Theatre on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University on March 3 and 4 at 8:00 pm each night.
The Zoo Story is American playwright Edward Albee’s first play; written in 1958 exploring themes of isolation, loneliness, social disparity and dehumanization in a commercial world. This one-act play concerns two characters, Peter, a middle-class publishing executive with a wife, two daughters, two cats and two parakeets who lives in ignorance of the world outside his settled life and Jerry, an isolated and disheartened man who lives in a boarding house and is very troubled. These men meet on a park bench in New York City’s Central Park. Jerry is desperate to have a meaningful conversation with another human being. He intrudes on Peter’s peaceful state by interrogating him and forcing him to listen to stories from his life, including “THE STORY OF JERRY AND THE DOG”, and the reason behind his visit to the zoo. The action is linear, unfolding in front of the audience in “real time”. The elements of ironic humor and unrelenting dramatic suspense are brought to a climax when Jerry brings his victim down to his own savage level.
Unsurpassed as intimate drama, The Zoo Story is certain to bring a renewed awareness to the human condition viewed through the eyes of one of the world’s preeminent playwrights.