By Edward Albee
'I've been to the zoo.' those starting phrases usher the viewers into some of the most iconic performs in American theatre historical past: The Zoo Story.
More than fifty years later, grasp playwright Edward Albee (Who's frightened of Virginia Woolf? and The Goat, or who's Sylvia?) wrote a prequel to his vintage. domestic lifestyles comprises the occasions in Peter's lifestyles instantly previous his stumble upon with Jerry at the park bench and is every piece as robust because the unique. We meet Ann, Peter's spouse, and spot the dialog that pressured Peter to head for that fateful stroll within the park.
For the 1st time accumulated in a single quantity, Edward Albee's At domestic on the Zoo is a needs to for any theatre lover.
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ANN If I ever have difficulty sleeping—she stated satirically. PETER (Slight pause. ) I see you, leaving bed—before dawn—when you think that I’m asleep. ANN Do you? PETER convinced. Why? ANN Don’t you ever fear? You don’t say “Why can’t you sleep? the place are you going? what's it you will have? ” PETER you come; i guess you’re … approximately your small business. ANN (Small smile. ) My night enterprise. My pre-dawn company. PETER I’m sorry; maybe … ANN (Not accusatory. ) For all you recognize i may exit in my nightdress, down within the elevator, out the door, down Seventy-fourth road, to the nook; stand there; scream. PETER (Reasonable. ) you may: definite; yet you wouldn’t. ANN … or get there, strip off thoroughly, lie down, unfold my legs to the night—the pre-dawn. (Pause. ) No, I wouldn’t, might I. PETER (Smiles. ) No; you wouldn’t. ANN a few evening, wake up; stick to me. You’ve by no means performed it? me? PETER No. ANN a majority of these years? PETER No; it’s whatever humans do—get up. ANN who're these kinds of humans? humans you’ve slept with? PETER No! It’s what humans do. the place do you move? ANN a few evening, wake up; keep on with me. To the kitchen, often; a cup of tea. (Dreamy. ) One evening I sat for an hour … and that i thought of having my breasts bring to a halt. PETER Where!? ANN within the kitchen. PETER (Puts publication down; laughs. ) You didn’t! ANN No? Over twenty percentage people get breast melanoma, and over fifty percentage of these people do die of it. What greater option to stay away from it if you’re younger sufficient. PETER Are you? ANN I don’t understand. most likely. not likely. PETER (A little damage. ) you'll inform me, wouldn’t you? ANN What? PETER in the event you have been considering it … heavily. ANN (You imbecile! ) No! I’d visit a few health facility the place they do this kind of factor at the fly—or the fly-by-night—and I’d pass in and I’d say “Hello, I’d prefer to have my breasts bring to a halt, please, prophylactic, and all, and don’t inform my hubby. ” PETER (A little embarrassed. ) Do you're thinking that there are ladies do this? ANN (Very subject of truth. ) There are ladies do something. PETER every little thing? ANN both; either. PETER You have been quite deliberating doing that? ANN i used to be wondering pondering it—about what it'd be prefer to give it some thought, approximately doing it. PETER Ah. ANN when you pay attention of an idea you by no means understand the place it is going to inn itself, whilst it is going to stream from anything discovered to anything … significant, whatever you may take into consideration, which isn't faraway from being thought of, in case you desired to, or had to. PETER (A unhappy fact. ) all of us die of anything. ANN in the end. PETER convinced, yet … ANN sure, yet! Oh, you do love pedantry so … loss of life of now not doing anything might be carelessness! PETER (Appalled. ) Having your breasts bring to a halt might be referred to as care?! ANN (Thinks approximately it. ) An severe case; convinced. PETER just a loopy individual. ANN Then there are various loonies round. PETER nobody. ANN (Slowly; articulated. ) Ma … big apple. PETER just a loopy individual. ANN (Shrugs. ) Have it your manner. (Laughs; a surprising remembering. ) I have in mind the evening i assumed approximately brooding about it. My mom had known as me that day and advised me she’s made up our minds to have an affair with a person.