Occupant

by  Edward Albee

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 1f

Unapologetically flamboyant, New York sculptor Louise Nevelson's life was one marked by intrepid artistic triumphs as well as deep inner turmoil. In Edward Albee's Occupant, both her public accomplishments and private emotional conflicts are thoroughly examined by an unnamed interviewer who questions the posthumous Nevelson with an unabashed scrutiny.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Unapologetically flamboyant, New York sculptor Louise Nevelson's life was one marked by intrepid artistic triumphs as well as deep inner turmoil. In Edward Albee's Occupant, both her public accomplishments and private emotional conflicts are thoroughly examined by an unnamed interviewer who questions the posthumous Nevelson with an unabashed scrutiny. From her unique vantage point beyond the grave, Nevelson answers his queries with a clarity born of the distance provided by death. The result is a touching, humorous, and honest tribute to a woman who was a pioneer for free-thinking females everywhere, but also stood strongly on her own as one of the 20th century's greatest artistic minds. Edward Albee's Occupant is a testament of will, internal strength, and the cryptic force that continues to drive great artists.
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Reviews

REVIEWS:

"Occupant bows its head in awe and gratitude before the mysterious force of will that allows great artists to be...The play touches on themes that echo throughout Mr. Albee's work: the unreliability of memory, the chimerical nature of language and particularly the alchemical brew of truth and illusion" (to borrow a much-used pair of words from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) by which people define themselves." - The New York Times, Read More

"Mr. Albee's expert characterization...practically raises Nevelson from the dead. Mr. Albee paints a riveting portrait. Occupant may be a straightforward valentine, but it's a valentine to an extraordinarily complex and vivid personality." - The New York Sun

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

1m, 1f
NEVELSON - Much like the later photographs.
THE MAN - 40s; pleasant.
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Edward Albee

Edward Albee 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, Puli ...

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Edward Albee’s Occupant was first produced by the Signature Theater Company at the Peter Norton Space in New York City on June 5, 2008.

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