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