Community Theatre League to present ‘A Delicate Balance’ in Studio Series

The Community Theatre League is ready to upset “A Delicate Balance.”

Edward Albee’s drama is CTL’s next Studio Series attraction with 7:30 p.m. performances on Nov. 14-16, with 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 16-17.

“A Delicate Balance” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1966, with CTL’s production to be directed by Bernadette Haas Jones.

Having encountered Edward Albee’s plays while in college, Haas Jones said that directing “A Delicate Balance” is “one of the most challenging directing jobs” she has ever had.

“As we analyze the individuals in the story and their relationships to each other, deal with the challenging syntax, and connect the dots from act to act, we are creating a piece of art that is sure to divert an audience with a performance they will not soon forget,” Jones said.

The uneasy existence of upper-middle class suburbanites Tobias and Agnes is suddenly shattered by a knock on their door. Their best friends Harry and Edna arrive, and fervently ask if they can stay, claiming that they need to escape an unnamed terror.

Arriving shortly thereafter is Tobias and Agnes’ bitter 36-year-old daughter, Julia, who returns home after the collapse of her fourth marriage.

They all have to contend with Agnes’ younger alcoholic sister, Claire, who already envisions herself as a permanent houseguest.

The cast includes Glenn Wilson and Andree Phillips as the well-to-do WASPs Tobias and Agnes, with Emery Fox as their daughter, Julia.

Sandie Fairman is featured as Claire. Richard McCarty and Elaine Pfeil play Harry and Edna, the lifelong family friends whose request for temporary sanctuary causes major riffs in the household.

One of Albee’s main concepts within his thought-provoking play is the dilemma of what to do with Harry and Edna, and the firestorm of doubt and recrimination which they bring with them.

Tensions and emotions rise among the characters as the occupants debate how the growing chaos can be resolved, perhaps only then reinstating the fragile household’s delicate balance.

Played in three acts, “A Delicate Balance” will have two 10-minute intermissions.

The Community Theatre Leauge is located at 100 West Third Street. For more information, call 570-327-1777 or visit ctlshows.com.