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Charlie Newell directs Albee's Three Tall Women at Court Theatre
Dec 15, 2010

Court TheatreCourt Theatre continues its 56th season with Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell. The production will run January 13 - February 13, 2011 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue.

Three Tall Women was written shortly after the death of Edward Albee's adoptive mother, and it remains his most personal play. Wickedly funny, and told with uncompromising truth, the play takes a long, hard look at the arc of one human life from the perspectives of three different generations-one woman in youth, one woman in middle age, and one woman lying on her death bed. As the elder woman reflects on her life-including the estrangement of her son, widely interpreted to represent Albee himself-she develops clarity of mind that transcends her debilitated body. Three Tall Women will be directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell, whose 2004 production of Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was named "the finest production... [of the play] I've seen to date" by Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal.

"Three Tall Women is the play that brought Edward Albee back to the attention of the American theatre. It's a striking text. Anyone who's ever witnessed a parent or grandparent at the end of their life-that is to say, most of us-will recognize the complex mingling of pain, regret, hope, and unexpected humor of that experience," says Charlie Newell. "I'm thrilled to be returning to the world of Edward Albee, after the wonderful experience of directing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 2004."

Edward Albee's Three Tall Women features Mary Beth Fisher (Woman B), Lois Markle (Woman A), Maura Kidwell (Woman C) and Joel Gross (The Boy).

The creative team for Three Tall Women features Leigh Breslau (scenic design), Marc Stubblefield (lighting design), Anna Kuzmanic (costume design), Megan Geigner (production dramaturg). The Stage Manager is William Collins. Court Theatre's Resident Dramaturg is Drew Dir.

Edward Albee (Playwright) was born on March 12, 1928 and began writing plays 30 years later. His 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; 1996, Tony Award), All Over (1971), Seascape (1974, Pulitzer Prize), The Lady From Dubuque (1977-78), The Man Who Had Three Arms (1981), Finding the Sun (1982), Marriage Play (1986-87), Three Tall Women (1991, Pulitzer Prize), Fragments (1993), The Play About the Baby (1997), The Goat Or, Who is Sylvia? (2000, 2002 Tony Award), and Occupant (2001). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, and President of The Edward F. Albee Foundation. Mr. Albee was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.

Ticket prices are $30 to $40 for preview performances; $40 to $60 for regular run performances. Tickets are available at the Box Office, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago; (773) 753-4472 or online at Student and senior discounts available. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets by calling Milan Pejnovich at (773) 834-3243.

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