The Zoo Story

Introduction

The Zoo Story is a one-act play by American playwright Edward Albee. His first play, it was written in 1958 and completed in just three weeks.[1] The play explores themes of isolation, loneliness, miscommunication as anathematization, social disparity and dehumanization in a materialistic world. Today, professional theatre companies can produce "The Zoo Story" either as a part of "Edward Albee's at Home at the Zoo" (originally titled "Peter and Jerry"), or as a standalone play. Its prequel, "Homelife" written in 2004, however, can only be produced as a part of "Edward Albee's at Home at the Zoo".


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