McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey (under the direction of Emily Mann, Artistic Director, and Timothy J. Shields, Managing Director) has announced that two-time Tony nominee Penny Fuller has replaced the previously announced Mary Beth Hurt in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. The production runs January 18 through February 17 (opening night is Friday, January 25). Support for the production is provided by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
Ms. Fuller joins the cast which features two-time Obie Award-winner and Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant, Tony Award-winner John Glover, Roberta Maxwell, James A. Stephens, and Francesca Faridany.
Penny Fuller (Claire) began her Broadway career starring in Barefoot in the Park, three Shakespeare in the Park productions, and in Cabaret, Rex, and Applause (Tony nom.). Her TV work garnered 6 Emmy nominations and an Emmy Award for ABC's The Elephant Man. Other Broadway credits include: Dividing the Estate, The Dinner Party (Tony nom.). Off-Broadway: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Beautiful Child (Vineyard); Southern Comforts(Primary Stages); Three Viewings, New England (MTC). With William Finn's A New Brain at Lincoln Center, she returned to musical theater and starred in productions of A Little Night Music, Do I Hear a Waltz, Sail Away(London). She has since embarked on a new career phase as a cabaret artist in New York clubs and theaters. Most recently, she starred in the premiere of a solo musical 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti written and composed by Barry Kleinbort.
The design team for Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance includes set design by Daniel Ostling, costume design by Jennifer Von Mayrhauser, lighting by Lap Chi Chu, and stage management by Alison Cote.
"One of the great joys of my life is having a working relationship with Edward Albee," says Emily Mann. My admiration and respect for him is unshakeable. It's an incredible privilege to be working on Edward's masterpiece with him still here and very, very, clear in his needs, feelings, and desires for the place. He and I don't mince words with each other. We're honest with each other. We respect each other. We have a good banter, a good relationship, and also I learn so much from him. A Delicate Balance is one of the greatest American plays."