On a deserted stretch of beach, a middle-aged couple, relaxing after a picnic lunch, talk idly about home, family and their life together. She sketches, he naps, and then, suddenly, they are joined by two sea creatures—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 (who speak admirable English) are engaged in a fascinating dialogue. The lizards, who are at a very advanced stage of evolution, are contemplating the terrifying, yet exciting, possibility of embarking on life out of the water; and the couple, for whom existence has grown flat and routine, holds the answers to their most urgent questions. These answers are given with warmth, humor and poetic eloquence, and with emotional and intellectual reverberations that will linger in the heart and mind long after the play has ended. Seascape won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the New Yorker says, “Of all Mr. Albee’s plays, SEASCAPE is the most exquisitely written.”
Seascape is co-directed by Edward Durnal and Laurie Carlson, and stars Sterling McHan, Kathleen Hope, Chris Williams and Elizabeth Okey. Set design and construction is by Rich Goss with lighting design by Keith Sowinski.
Seascape opens Friday, May 4 in the John H. Williams Theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center with performances through Saturday, May 12. Tickets available at myticketoffice.com, or by calling 918-596-7111.