Seascapeby Edward Albee
On the heels of the success of Edward Albee’s The Collected Plays of Edward Albee, Overlook brings backin a stand-alone volumeone of Albee’s most cherished plays, a fantastic story of what it means to be alivewinner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for
“Hats off, and up in the air! A major dramatic event.” The New York Times
On the heels of the success of Edward Albee’s The Collected Plays of Edward Albee, Overlook brings backin a stand-alone volumeone of Albee’s most cherished plays, a fantastic story of what it means to be alivewinner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. On a deserted stretch of beach, a middle-aged couple relaxes after a picnic lunch and converse idly about home, family, and their life together. She sketches; he naps. Then, suddenly, they are joined by two sea creatures, a pair of lizards from the depths of the ocean, with whom they engage in a fascinating dialogue. The emotional and intellectual reverberations of this bizarre conversation will linger in the heart and the mind long after the curtain fallsor the last page is turned.
- Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Edward Albee(1928-2016), his plays include The Zoo Story (1958), The American Dream (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961–62, Tony Award), Tiny Alice (1964), A Delicate Balance (1966, Pulitzer Prize, and Tony Award, 1996), Seascape (1974, Pulitzer Prize, also available from Overlook), Three Tall Women (1994, Pulitzer Prize), and The Play About the Baby (2001, also available from Overlook). He was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 he received both the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.
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What a shame that this, Edward Albee's FIRST Pulitzer Prize winner, has fallen into obscurity. It is no Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but it at least deserves the same revamping that A Delicate Balance got. In fact, I think this is a better play. It adresses very interesting questions about human development and evolution without being heavy or boring. This review may go unread for who knows how long, but at least I made a contribution to the next bibliophile who happens to stumble across this sadly ignored work of genius.