CANTON-Many Lights Theatre is proud to announce The Zoo Story by Edward Albee and directed by Bob Gorg as its fall production. Douglas Okey and Nathan Irwin will star as Jerry and Peter in the extended one-act play which is an intensely harrowing expression of estrangement in American society.

Although  The Zoo Story  was written in 1958,

Many Lights is setting their production of the play in the present.  Many of the themes of  The Zoo Story  are at least as relevant today as they were when the play was written. 

The economic and class divide between the rich and less than rich is even more acute today than it was then. 

Technology has grown tremendously and allowed for advances in many fields.

However, many people feel isolated and, sometimes, alienated from others despite or, perhaps, because of the prevalence of social media which often makes it seem that everyone is living wonderful and exciting lives except for them.

This will be the final production prior to an extended sabbatical for Many Lights Theatre and the board would love for fans, friends, and followers to join them for a reception featuring light appetizers and desserts beginning 45 minutes prior to show time and celebrate almost a dozen years of “plays that make a difference”. Each performance will still close with the theatre’s traditional lively discussion of the show.

The Zoo Story runs Sept. 27, 28, and 29.

Many Lights is housed in the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 159 N. 2nd Avenue in Canton.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 4 and may be purchased by calling the Many Lights Theatre box office, 309.357.9366 or emailing manylightstheatre@gmail.com.