Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance" photographs
Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio, presents Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance" -- live on stage from March 26 to April 12, 2015.

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.

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.

For tickets and more information, visit www.weathervaneplayhouse.com/a-delicate-balance-2015-03-26

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

The photos for this Flickr set were shot by Scott Diese for Weathervane Playhouse at the show's final dress rehearsal on March 25, 2015.
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