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By Edward Albee
Directed by Artistic Director Nick Sandys

Featuring Artistic Associate Annabel Armour

Presented September 12 - October 14, 2012

Greenhouse Theater Center, Upstairs Mainstage

Some escape to the sea. Some escape from it.

In Seascape, land meets sea and present meets past, when an older human couple come face to snout with their prehistoric selves. Albee’s linguistic playfulness and willingness to make his characters confront the dangerous unknown create a scenario both deeply thoughtful and absurdly funny.

Charlie and Nancy, a recently retired, happily married couple, are enjoying an afternoon on the beach, disturbed only by the occasional low-flying plane and their own arguments, when suddenly their peace and their ideas are threatened by the appearance of a younger, adventurous couple—who just happen to be of another species as well. This winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize displays all of Albee's singular linguistic playfulness as well as his willingness to make his characters bravely confront their own everyday fears and face the dangerous unknown The last time Remy Bumppo tackled Albee, both the production and Annabel Armour earned Jeff Awards. This time the human relationships with animals are strictly platonic—a journey into primordial eons and emotions, where lizard brains and human pains face futures both immediate and infinite.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning script and giant lizards - theatre doesn’t get any better than this.

"skilled, unpretentious and passionate"
Chicago Tribune on our production of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?


Seascape video stillWatch video clips, hear audio, and view photos from Seascape on our multimedia page Seascape Field GuideExplore our online Field Guide, featuring research, study tools, and snippets about the production.

Between The Lines

William Irons headshot

Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 1:30 pm

William Irons, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University will discuss evolutionary biology and social behavior as it pertains to Edward Albee’s Seascape.
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The 2012/2013 Season is generously underwritten by:

Seascape is underwritten, in part, by:
GEOFFREY A. ANDERSON, Associate Production Sponsor
NANCY A. MCDANIEL, Associate Production Sponsor

KAREN RANDOLPH AND BILL LINDEN, Assistant Production Sponsors


Annabel Armour headshot
Annabel Armour
as Nancy
Patrick Clear headshot
Patrick Clear
as Charlie
Emjoy Gavino headshot
Emjoy Gavino
as Sarah
Sean Parris headshot
Sean Parris
as Leslie