Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance"

3/26/2015 - 4/12/2015
12:00 AM
11:59 PM
Mainstage Series
"A Delicate Balance" -- March 26 to April 12, 2015

Running March 26 to April 15, 2015

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays — March 26, April 2 and 9 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — March 27, April 3 and 10 — at 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays — March 28, April 4 and 11 — at 8 p.m.
  • Sundays — March 29 and April 12 — at 2:30 p.m.


Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance

Directed by Craig Joseph

Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance is a dark comedy in which the carefully controlled existence of two complacent suburbanites is forever shattered by their family and friends over the course of one eventful weekend.

Molly McGinnis plays Claire and
Richard Worswick plays Tobias
in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance.
CLICK HERE to see more photos from the show on Weathervane's Flickr page!

Describing his play 30 years after its first production, the playwright Edward Albee wrote in 1996 that it concerns “the rigidity and ultimate paralysis which afflicts those who settle in too easily, waking up one day to discover that all of the choices they have avoided no longer give them any freedom of choice, and that what choices they do have left are beside the point.”

When the play begins, we meet Agnes and Tobias, a perfectly normal, upper middle-class married couple. With a cushion of wealth to protect them, they would appear to have the best of everything: a beautifully furnished home, the finest china and the most tasteful furniture.But the underpinnings of such a comfortable life have begun to come loose. Live-in sister-in-law Claire drinks too much and delights in trading caustic remarks with Agnes and Tobias. And Julia, Agnes and Tobias’s 36-year-old daughter, has returned home after her fourth failed marriage, a lost child seeking the comfort of hearth and home.

The sudden appearance of Harry and Edna, the neighbors and best friends of Agnes and Tobias, further threatens the rigidly restrained order of suburban splendor. Harry and Edna insist that they cannot return to their own home, due to an undefined “terror” that has gripped them. With their equilibrium thus upended, can Agnes and Tobias continue to maintain their “delicate balance?”

A drama packed with psychological complexity, Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance takes audiences on a careening ride from domestic superficiality to a jolting confrontation with life’s most existential questions.

Content advisory: due its adult language and themes, the play is best enjoyed by audiences ages 16 and older.

About the Play's Production History

The original Broadway production of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance opened at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York City on Sept. 22, 1966. The production ran for 132 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1967. There have been two Broadway revivals: in 1996 (with Elaine Stritch playing Claire) and in 2014 (featuring John Lithgow as Tobias and Glenn Close as Agnes). A film adaptation, released in 1973, was directed by Tony Richardson and starred Katharine Hepburn, Paul Scofield, Lee Remick, Joseph Cotten and Kate Reid. Weathervane Playhouse first produced Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance in 1968; the production was directed by Robert Belfance.

Press Clippings

Read The Akron Beacon Journal's review of the play

Read The West Side Leader's review of the play

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets range between $8 and $22

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $16 on Thursday, March 26 only.
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$8 for college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after March 26
$22 for adults (ages 18 and older)
$20 for seniors (ages 65 and older) on Thursdays and Sundays only
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$11 for college students (with current I.D.)

Group Discounts
$17 per ticket for groups of 12 to 99
$15 per ticket for group of 100 or larger

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online!

(NOTE: Group orders are not available online. Instead, please contact the Box Office directly.)

THE CAST

MOLLY McGINNIS*
Agnes

RICHARD WORSWICK
Tobias

MARGIE STOCKER
Claire

HARRIET DeVETO
Edna

ROSS RHODES
Harry

MORIAH OPHARDT
Julia

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors and stage managers.

THE CREATIVE TEAM

CRAIG JOSEPH
Director

MARTHA KALTENBACH
Stage Manager

BARRY FRIEDMAN
Assistant Stage Manager

JOHN GRAFTON
Properties Designer

SCOTT THANASIU
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

JONATHON HUNTER
Lighting Designer

RALPH COOLEY
Scenic Designer

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

Box Office Info

Mondays: CLOSED
Tuesdays—Fridays: 11 am to 5 pm
Performance Saturdays: Noon to 5 pm

The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the end of each performance.

Get tickets by phone at 330-836-2626
or purchase online.*

*A $3.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.
*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*Group orders are not available online.

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