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The play is about a middle-aged woman on a quest to become pregnant, a journey that’s further complicated by her domineering mother and the parameters of her late father’s will.
It was originally supposed to see its world premiere as part of the Signature Theater’s 2011-12 season, but the 85-year-old Albee, known to be critical of his own work, felt he needed more time with the play and withdrew it.
At the time, in 2012, Albee told the New York Times that he'd been “overcomplicating things.”
The slot that season was replaced by another, already-finished Albee play, “Lady From Dubuque.”
This time around, the Signature Theater will put up a new work by Horton Foote, the world premiere of “The Old Friends.” Michael Wilson is to direct the play, which explores family legacies, loyalty and the meaning of happiness through two longtime Texas farming families. The cast includes Tony winner Betty Buckley, as well as Tony nominees
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“We were hopeful when putting together the programming for next season that ‘Laying an Egg’ would be ready for production,” James Houghton, Signature Theater’s founding artistic director, told the Times. “But Edward let us know that he needs more time to work on the play.”
Previews for “The Old Friends” are to begin on Aug. 20; it's set to open Sept. 12.
Albee is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes for drama, 1967’s “A Delicate Balance,” 1975’s “Seascape,” and “Three Tall Women” in 1994. Among his many honors, he was given a lifetime achievement