|Actors Tyler Stewart (left), as Jerry, and Dan Jalbuena, as Peter, rehearse a scene from The Zoo Story. The OU-C theater program will present The Zoo Story at 8 p.m. on June 24 and June 25 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.|
Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, free for OU-C students. Tickets are available at the Bennett Hall Information Desk during business hours and at the OU-C Box Office on the evenings of performances. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.
The one-act play was penned by American playwright Edward Albee in 1958. It involves two characters, Peter, a middle-class executive and family man, and Jerry, who is a troubled and disheartened individual. Peter is resting on a bench in Central Park when Jerry, desperate for conversation, engages him in a discourse that involves Jerry sharing much of his life’s story.
The Zoo Story blends ironic humor and drama, with a shockingly surprising ending.
“The Zoo Story is a major work of 20th century American theater. It defined Albee’s edgy style and sharp dialogue, and has that quality of odd suspense for which his plays are known,” said Ken Breidenbaugh, OU-C theater director. “This one-act play, about a random encounter between two New Yorkers, is a great acting vehicle. Actors Tyler Stewart and Dan Jalbuena are perfect for the roles, and a joy to direct. It's fun, too, to design and construct a bit of Central Park on the Bennett Hall stage,” Breidenbaugh said.