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A Delicate Balance

Edward Albee

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ISBN 13: 9781468303377
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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One of Edward Albee’s most celebrated plays, A Delicate Balance won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1967 as well as the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play in 1996. Now one of the most anticipated productions of the Fall 2014 season, A Delicate Balance comes back to Broadway, directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf) and starring Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Martha Plimpton, Bob Balaban, and Clare Higgins.

The play revolves around well-off, middle-aged couple Agnes and Tobias, who have their complacency shattered when friends Harry and Edna appear on their doorstep, claiming an encroaching, nameless fear has driven them from their own home. But this household, in which the stern, sharp-tongued Agnes is the “fulcrum,” is already teetering from the “willful” drinking of Agnes’s sister Claire. These neighbors plus the return of the couple’s daughter, Julia, seeking sanctuary from her fourth failed marriage, bring doubt, recrimination, and ultimately solace, upsetting the “delicate balance” of Agnes and Tobias’s world.

Praise for A Delicate Balance:

"A deliciously astringent attack on safety and self-satisfaction." —Variety

"[Albee] is rightly recognized as one of the key figures in twentieth century American drama, a peer of Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and Sam Shepard, and a dramatist of exemplary courage, ambition, and resilience." —New York Review of Books

Edward Albee's 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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