"Krapp's Last Tape" and "The Zoo Story"


First performed together in New York in 1960, the pairing of Edward Albee's "The Zoo Story" and Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape" has had a tremendous, enduring impact on theatergoers and dramatic writing ever since. The Sublime Theater proudly brings this classic evening to Asheville audiences Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 PM, March 7-23, at The BeBe Theater (20 Commerce Street). "The Zoo Story," which launched three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Albee's striking and important career, was described by The New York Times as "a gut punch with a closed fist." The Associated Press said, "The dialogue crackles and the tension runs high," and Time Out NY has called it "Darkly comic and thrilling!" The seemingly simple encounter in New York's Central Park between a settled, middle-class man and a younger man whose grittier life is spinning out of control, "The Zoo Story" is relentlessly unpredictable and features one of the strangest and greatest monologues in the history of the stage. (Hint: it's all about a dog.) "Krapp's Last Tape," by Noble Prize-winner Samuel Beckett, is a tour-de-force for a solo performer, the surprisingly tender, frequently comical story of an old man looking back on his life and loves by listening to one of the audio diaries he's made for decades, on each of his birthdays.