Albany’s premiere performing arts venue, the Egg, is also arguably its most distinctive architectural statement. The Egg is part sculpture, part architecture; large and concrete, between a disc and a sphere, with a supporting stem running six stories into the ground.
Designed by Wendel Harrison, the building began construction in 1966 and was finished in 1978. The Egg contains two theaters, designed along the contours of the building’s exterior. The Kitty Carlisle Hart Theater seats 982, and features the venues larger productions of music, dance and musical theater. The Lewis A. Swyer Theater, seating 450, features smaller events such as lectures, cabaret, and chamber music concerts. Two lounges (each attached to one of the Egg’s theaters) are often used for social events, both public and private.
Events produced at the Egg cover a diversity of genres, including (in addition to the abovementioned) comedy, film, and family-oriented events. Discounts on select programs are available to Egg members, as well as groups of over 20 people; student rush tickets are available (to those with valid student IDs) at half the adult ticket price, one hour before showtime.