F. Murray Abraham will appear in staged reading of Albee’s ‘Fragments’ in Teaneck



F. Murray Abraham — an Oscar winner for “Amadeus,” and Emmy-nominated for “The White Lotus” — will appear in a staged reading of Edward Albee’s “Fragments,” April 6 at 8 p.m. at Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck, to benefit the Black Box Performing Arts Center.

Albee, who died in 2016, wrote “Fragments” in 1993, and called it “a tricky little play, great fun for actors, the construction of which bewildered many who could not comprehend that dramatic shape need not be linear but could be a vortex, moving from all sides at once toward a culminating center … (it) lacks plot in any established sense; there is no clear dilemma and resolution — no ‘story,’ no apparent sequentially. The piece proceeds as a piece of music does — accumulating, accumulating, following its own logic. Its effectiveness, its coherence reside in what we have experienced from the totality of it. FRAGMENTS is also a very simple, straightforward piece — on its own terms, of course.”

This is a ticketed event, but Black Box PAC also has a free, ongoing “Edward Albee: From A to Zoo” series, featuring staged readings of all of Albee’s plays, presented in a special arrangement with The Estate of Edward Albee and Jakob Holder, executive director of The Edward F. Albee Foundation. The next reading in the series, of “At Home at the Zoo” (2009), will take place at Debonair Music Hall, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.

For information, visit blackboxpac.com.

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