New Albee for Second Stage

'Peter and Jerry' runs Oct 19 - Dec. 9

Edward Albee’s revisitation of his early breakout success and a new tuner from the composer of “High Fidelity” are among the shows in the 2007-08 season at Second Stage Theater. The Off Broadway company last year produced “The Little Dog Laughed,” which transferred to Broadway and won a Tony for lead actress Julie White.

Season’s first offering, “Edward Albee’s Peter and Jerry,” adds a first act to “The Zoo Story,” the one-act 1958 play (about two strangers who meet on a park bench) that helped establish Albee’s rep. Bill Pullman, Dallas Roberts and Johanna Day star in a production helmed by Pam MacKinnon (“Bach at Leipzig”).

“Peter and Jerry,” which preemed at Hartford Stage in a 2004 staging directed by MacKinnon, runs Oct. 19-Dec. 9, with an opening planned for mid-November. (Albee gets another Off Broadway berth later in the season with a production of “Occupant” skedded at the Signature in the spring.)

Also on the Second Stage slate, with exact dates to be determined:

  • “Next to Normal,” the musical formerly titled “Feeling Electric” that earned some buzz in a 2005 production at the New York Musical Theater Fest. Michael Greif (“Grey Gardens,” “Rent”) directs the show, with music by Tom Kitt (“High Fidelity”) and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Plot follows a suburban family confronting a long-hidden skeleton in the closet.

  • New play “Farragut North,” which stirred up talk among legiters recently when Jake Gyllenhaal starred in a reading. Play by Beau Willimon centers on a press secretary overseeing a politician’s bid for a presidential nomination.

  • “Some Americans Abroad,” Richard Nelson’s 1990 play about college students and their profs on a tour of England. Production will be helmed by Gordon Edelstein, a.d. of New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater.

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