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The Zoo Story

This was a self-gifted outing for my beginning some business-related activities. Well worth the time! Suggestion – make time to see this aluminous production*, and confirm that you are a human being with feelings!


Last Thursday, I saw the preview of The Zoo Story, by Edward Albee, produced by aluminous (on web, Facebook). The performance is at Oakland’s The Flight Deck (on web, Facebook), and BART-friendly (from either 19th St or 12th St), given that the theater is located on Broadway between 15th and 17th streets, where Telegraph and Broadways start to intersect.

Four More Performances


(from alumnious)

The two person, one-act play is a lovely, emotional experience. There are four more performances remaining this week –

  • Thurs, Nov 19 at 7pm
  • Fri, Nov 20 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov 21 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov 22 at 2pm

– with tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets (BPT) for general seating.

  • $5 (18-yrs and under)
  • $15 (Seniors and Students)
  • $25 (General)
  • Oakland resident pricing available, with proof of residency

And as shared on the BPT for this play –

Edward Albee’s masterwork “The Zoo Story” is on the one hand a brash, bold, heartbreaking story of the price of modernism, and on the other hand a simple tale of one human being trying desperately to connect with another.  

A man sits reading a book on a park bench. It’s his bench, his coveted, sunny, Sunday afternoon spot. His name is Peter. He has a wife, two cats, two parakeets, two daughters, more than enough money to live on, and he works at a small publishing house. How do we know all this? Because Jerry, a stranger, penniless, and full of fantastical stories, approaches him and starts a conversation: “I’ve been to the zoo today,” he says, and so begins the wild and shocking tale of “The Zoo Story.”

Winner of the Village Voice Obie Award and the Drama Desk Vernon Rice Award, “The Zoo Story” remains as powerful and passionate a play today as it was in 1960.    

This dazzling production by the multimedia theatre company aluminous will be a performance of “The Zoo Story” unlike any other! Once again theatre will show that it is a medium without equal when it comes to expressing the wild and wonderful adventure called the human experience.  

 … and about the director and actors –

Lijesh Krishnan – Director
Lijesh grew up in his native India and Kuwait, and spent a decade in the Twin Cities before moving to the Bay Area. He has acted in a number of plays locally including Aluminous’ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”. He loves Computer Science, Shakespeare, and is excited about directing “Zoo Story”.

Michael French – “Jerry”
Michael is the founder and artistic director of aluminous.

Francisco Rodriguez – “Peter”
Francisco is a developing Theatre Practitioner with a background in Performance, Lighting Design, Writing and Directing. With a B.A. in Drama Performance from San Francisco State University, he was last seen on their Main Stage as Chrysale in Molière’s The Learned Ladies directed by Delia Macdougall. Along with his portrayal as Peter in Aluminous’s production of The Zoo Story, he will also be seen as Green Crayon in Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s extension of The Day the Crayons Quit in the new BACT studio.

Go have some feels!

*… includes shadow theater!