Edward Albee’s Seascape
Berkshire Theatre Group (6 East St., Stockbridge, MA 01262, Stockbridge MA)
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Seascape finds Nancy and Charlie, a middle-aged couple on a deserted stretch of beach, relaxing after a picnic lunch and talking idly about home, family and their life together. She sketches, he naps … and then, suddenly, they are joined by two lizards who have decided to leave the ocean depths and come ashore.
Initial fear, and then suspicion of each other, are soon replaced by curiosity and, before long, the humans and the lizards are engaged in a conversation. The lizards are contemplating the terrifying, yet exciting, possibility of embarking on life out of the water; and the couple, who find existence has grown flat and routine, this new perspective holds the answers to their most urgent questions. These answers are given with warmth and humor and insights that can reverberate long after the play has ended.
“Of all Mr. Albee’s plays, Seascape is the most exquisitely written.” —The New Yorker.
The play will run September 29 to October 23 at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre, directed by Eric Hill, with movement direction by Isadora Wolfe. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination with ID is required for this performance, BTG says, and masks are encouraged but no longer required in their venues.