By Colleen Maidhof
“Seascape” by playwright Edward Albee and directed by Thomas Bovino, academic chair of communications, opens in the Islip Arts building in Shea Theatre Thursday, March 11 at 8 pm, and it will run to March 21.
Albee is well known for his edgy dramas. He is one of theatre’s most significant and famous writers. Albee received his second Pulitzer Prize for his drama “Seascape” in 1975.
“Seascape” is not strictly a drama; it also has elements of comedy and absurdism. “Students should enjoy “Seascape” because it is not the standard play; it focuses on the communication and the miscommunication in interpersonal relationships, as well as evolution. It is a compelling examination of the meanings and significance of life, and the costumes are pretty cool,” said Bovino.
The play consists of four main characters, a human couple and a human-sized lizard couple; costumes are designed by Andrew Wittkamper, assistant professor of theatre, and Robert Doyle a student at Suffolk. It also only occurs on one set which is a beach scene.
“It’s very funny, and it definitely makes you think. It can be applied to theatre, communication, sociology, philosophy, and even science majors,” said David Morrissey an acting major who is playing the role of Leslie a lizard.
“I am happy to be working on “Seascape.” The cast is very dedicated and is led by a great crew. It’s wonderful to bring animalistic qualities on stage and interacting in a new world with an adventurous attitude,” said Dorothy Rojas, a theatre major playing the role of Sarah.
Students get in to see the production “Seascape” free with a valid Suffolk ID. Admission is $8 for faculty, staff, alumni association members, children, and non-Suffolk students with a valid ID who want to see the play. General admission is $10 and on Sunday admission for seniors costs $7. Tickets are available in the box office in the Islip Arts building or call 631-451-4163 to have one held for you.