If you're going to form a relationship with a writer, there's a fair chance you can expect to be written about. Playwright Edward Albee and sculptor Louise Nevelson were good friends during her lifetime, and more than a decade after her death, he penned a portrait of the artist-as-a-ghost in his 2001 play, "Occupant."
The story is framed as a hypothetical interview of the deceased artist by an unnamed man (speculated to be a stand-in Albee himself), and guides the audience through a philosophic exploration of the concept of self-determination, destiny, and the reliability of memory. It reveals an iconic life from childhood as a Russian Jewish immigrant — when she was known as Lea Berliawsky — through a failed marriage, and on to her eventual rise to fame in postwar American Abstract Expressionism.
Multi-use Community Cultural Center (142 Atlantic Avenue) will on Thursday, November 30, kick off a four-day run of "The Occupant," presented by John W. Borek and directed by Michael J. Arve. The production stars Meredith Carroll as Nevelson and Don Beecher as the interrogator.
Show times are Thursday through Saturday, November 30 through December 2, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 3, at 2 p.m. $10. 271-2087; muccc.org.