2011 - 2012 Season > A Delicate Balance
"A Delicate Balance"

January 20 - February 5

by Edward Albee
directed by Russell Lloyd

Agnes and Tobias, a 50-something couple, want nothing more than to be left alone. However, they are saddled with Agnes' alcoholic sister. When their daughter returns home as a result of her fourth divorce and their best friends seek asylum from some unnamed fear, tensions fray and every relationship in the house threatens to unravel. A look at the intricate web we all create among our friends and family and how easily it can all fall apart, "A Delicate Balance" sings with Albee's trademark lyricism and insight.

Strong language; adult themes.


A Delicate Balance is one of the most cleverly written plays that I know of. It uses the backdrop of a well-established, well to-do, well-adjusted and well kept home – all the trappings of a confident and comfortable living - placed against the sudden intrusion of an unknown terror.

As Edward Albee puts it, “The play concerns. . . the rigidity and ultimate paralysis which afflicts those who settle in too easily, waking up one day to discover that all the choices they have avoided no longer give them any freedom of choice, and that what choices they do have left are beside the point.”
It is only after we face the terror, the realization that our lives have tilted one way for too long and too far, that we CAN empower ourselves to make a choice – to be honest and either care or not, hate or not, love or not and ultimately. . . stay or go. ~Russell Lloyd, Director


Russell Lloyd (Director) has directed several shows for Barnstormers such as Scapino, Proof, Guys and Dolls, The Dresser, Sylvia, The Importance Of Being Ernest, and The Dining Room. Other theatres: Wizard Of Oz, Bye Bye Birdie, Anything Goes, Scrooge, The Musical for Rogue Music Theatre; Oklahoma! for The Ross Ragland Theatre.

Adelle Cottrell (Assistant Director) is taking a look at things from the other side of the footlights. A transplant from Atlanta, her acting credits include Daisy Mae in Li’l Abner and Laurie in Oklahoma with Embry Hills Players in Atlanta, and Mrs. Pert in Look Homeward, Angel and Truvy in Steel Magnolias here at Barnstormers. She is currently serving as treasurer for the Barnstormers’ board. She would like to thank Russ for this wonderful opportunity and her family for their support.

Stephanie Malone (Stage Manager) has been stage managing for the past six years and absolutely loves it. This is her fourth show here at Barnstormers. Some favorite shows include Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls, and Comedy of Errors. She would like to thank her Dad for always being there and driving 16 hours to see her shows. She would also like to thank her amazing boyfriend David for being so supportive and loving! Enjoy the show!

Lynn Beach (AGNES) is no stranger the Barnstormer’s stage. She has worked behind the scenes as Set Designer, Set Construction, Set Dresser, and Costumer. On stage she has been seen in Steel Magnolias, Look Homeward Angel, and Gingerbread Lady, to name only a few. She has worked with RMT, Stardust, and theatres in the Bay Area as well as Eugene. Lynn has been a singer/pianist working a variety of venues in different locals, when she wasn’t busy as the owner/operator of two businesses. She finds Edward Albee to be particularly challenging and is enjoying the beauty of his dialogue and his in-depth characters.

Tricia Drevets (CLAIRE) recently played Charlotte Hay in this season's production of Moon Over Buffalo. Her other favorite Barnstormers roles include Vivian in Wit, Kate in Brighton Beach Memoirs and Rose in Enchanted April. Tricia directed last season's On Golden Pond as well as The Diary of Anne Frank. She feels honored to be involved in this thought-provoking play with such a fine director and cast. She would like to thank you, the audience, for your support of Barnstormers Theatre, her home away from home.

Diane Nichols (EDNA) has had a fabulous time playing Edna with Russ, Adelle, and the talented cast and crew of A Delicate Balance. She was last seen at Barnstormers as Clairee in Steel Magnolias. Some of her favorite past roles include Queen Elizabeth in Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter: A New Play by William Shakespeare” (mostly because of the dress and pearls), Doris in Same Time Next Year, and the nurse in Romeo and Juliet.

Sig Dekany (HARRY) has been seen in Grants Pass Community Theater at Stardust (Run for Your Wife, The Nerd, The Passion of Dracula), One Eleven Evelyn (Screwtape, Beauty and the Beast) and Barnstormers (Actor’s Nightmare, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Diary of Anne Frank, Scapino). He directed his first play, Rocket Man, at Barnstormers, for which he received a nomination as Best Director by Sneak Preview and was recently cast in two independent films. Sig is currently Vice President of the Barnstormers Board.

Amy Fox (JULIA), since moving to the Rogue Valley 10 years ago, has been a regular on our stage. You may have seen her as Florence Unger in The Odd Couple (Female Version)’, as Jill in The Fox, or most recently as Rosalind in Moon Over Buffalo. Off stage Amy keeps busy as a car salesman and step-mother of three. Special thanks to Jeff Fox for patience, understanding, and support - 7 years and I still love you way more!

David Mannix (TOBIAS) was the dramaturge for Scapino. He serves on the Barnstormers’ board and chairs the Artistic Committee. He has been in many plays (and a couple of films) at various venues in southern Oregon, most recently in Moon Over Buffalo. He serves on the board of Josephine Community Libraries, whose cause he hereby shamelessly promotes. He is honored and gratified by all who make this possible, you excellent people.