The City Theatre Company
3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D, 78722     512-524-2870
The City Theatre is the city's theater, a world class performing arts venue established for Austin directors, designers
and performers who have one goal: the continued excellence in stage performances and the desire to bring that quality,
committment, and service to the central Texas theatrical community.
Austin’s theatre season heats up as The City Theatre Company presents
Edward Albee’s acclaimed drama
May 2 - 25

The City Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the upcoming production of Edward
Albee’s iconic American drama A Delicate Balance. Described as “a scorching
masterpiece,” this riveting, funny, and thought-provoking examination of family and friends
is one of the most successful plays in American theatre and all too rarely produced in
Austin. Guest director Fritz Ketchum leads the production with show dates May 2 – 25, 2014.

In 1966, when Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance had its Broadway premiere, just four
years after his explosive hit Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,  he had become the most
discussed playwrights of his generation. It was no surprise that the play generated a storm
of opinion. It was not 'flashy' like Virginia Woolf, but this social comedy (as Albee referred to
it) was full of lacerating humor and heart-wrenching pathos. It weaves the uneasy existence
of two suburbanites and their permanent houseguest, a witty alcoholic sister, whose lives
are disrupted by the sudden appearance of lifelong friends who ask to stay and escape
from an unnamed terror. They are followed soon by the couple’s bitter daughter, who
returns home following the collapse of her fourth marriage.  All of these elements together
bring a firestorm of doubt, allegations, and betrayal, upsetting the "delicate balance" of the
world they share. With his play, Albee holds up a funhouse mirror to the audience,
reflecting his amusing and disturbing story about the fragile nature of marriages,
families and friendships.

“Edward Albee, the leading American playwright of his generation, has been
confounding, challenging, and stimulating theater audiences for
almost half a century.”
– The New York Times

Edward Albee burst onto the theatrical scene in the late 1950s with a variety of plays that
detailed the agonies and disillusionment of the time. His early plays, The American Dream
and The Zoo Story, effectively gave birth to American absurdist drama, a new theatrical
movement, and he was labeled as the successor to Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams.
But, with the surreal nature of his work never far from the surface, he became more related
to absurdist playwrights Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. Albee's plays, with their
intensity, modern themes, and experiments in form, startled critics and audiences alike while
changing the landscape of American drama. He is a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize
with monumental works including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, Three
Tall Women, Seascape, and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?. His plays form a body of work
that is recognized as uncompromising, controversial, and provocative. Albee describes his
work as "an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitution of artificial for
real values in our society, a condemnation of complacency, cruelty, and emasculation, a
stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachy-keen."

The City Theatre Company is thrilled to have guest director Fritz Ketchum leading the May
production. She has directed professionally for over 20 years for many theatres in Atlanta,
Athens, and Savannah, Georgia, and in Dallas and Fort Worth. With an M.F.A. in Directing
and Acting, Ms. Ketchum has served on the Theatre Department faculties of Texas
Christian University, The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Georgia, and
she was a Guest Artist with the Kennedy Center in 2011. Since moving to Austin in late
2012, she has performed in ZACH Theatre’s production of Harvey. A Delicate Balance also
features the talented cast of Scott Kelly Galbreath, Tracy Hurd, Suzanne Balling,
Kristin Chiles, David Lee Hess, and Lynne Gellman.

May 2 - 25.
Thursday - Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:30 p.m.
The City Theatre. 3823 Airport Blvd. 78722 – east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 ½ St.
General Seating $15. Guaranteed Front/2nd Row Reserved $25.
Students $12. Thursday all seats $10. Group discounts are available.
Reservations 512-524-2870 or
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