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NEW HAVEN, CONN. — Edward Albee has a new full-length length play — sort of.

What was once billed as a production of two one-act Albee plays — one world premiere matched with his classic “The Zoo Story” — is now being presented as a unified work entitled “Peter and Jerry — Act One: Homelife, Act Two: The Zoo Story.”

“It’s all one play now, as I see it and it will probably be produced that way in the future,” says Albee of the work which will bow at Hartford Stage for a May 20 to June 20 run. “I don’t think of them as two separate plays anymore.”

“Homelife” takes place prior to the action of “The Zoo Story” at the home of the quiet and unassuming Peter, who will be played by Frank Wood. Wood won a Tony Award for “Sideman.” His wife Ann will be played by Johanna Day, who received a Tony nomination for “Proof.”

“The Zoo Story” has Peter leaving home for his fateful day in the park, where he encounters Jerry, who will be played by Frederick Weller (“Take Me Out”).

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