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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Full Length Play, Drama

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Edward Albee

Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780822212492

Winner! 5 Tony Awards including Best Play, 1963
Winner! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Nominee! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Winner! 2013 Drama League Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Nominee! 2013 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play

The original Broadway production of this play was a shattering and memorable experience and proclaimed the author as a major American playwright.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - The living room of a house on the campus of a small New England college.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, From Broadway

Winner! 5 Tony Awards including Best Play, 1963
Nominee! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Nominee! 2013 Drama League Awards, Outstanding Revival of a Play

George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amidst general profanity, that she has invited a young couple—an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naïve new bride—to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the charade begins. The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn't care less. But underneath the edgy banter, which is crossfired between both couples, lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha's inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.
Winner! 5 Tony Awards including Best Play, 1963
Winner! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Nominee! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Winner! 2013 Drama League Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Nominee! 2013 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play

"This is a Big One." — New York Journal-American

"…a scorching, scalding, revealing and completely engrossing drama." — Women's Wear Daily

"…a brilliant piece of writing." — New York Herald-Tribune

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was first presented by Theater 1963 (Richard Barr and Clinton Wilder), A.B.W. Productions, Inc., and Pisces Productions, Inc. on Broadway at the Billy Rose Theatre in New York City on Octiober 13, 1962. It was directed by Alan Schneider.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

MARTHA - a large boisterous woman, 52, looking somewhat younger; ample, but not fleshy
GEORGE - her husband, 46; thin, hair going gray
HONEY - 26, a petite blond girl; rather plain
NICK - late 20s, her husband; blond, well put-together, good-looking
Author
Edward Albee

Edward Albee

Edward Albee was born on March 12, 1928, and began writing plays 30 years later. His plays include The Zoo Story (1958), The American Dream (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961-62, Tony Award), Tiny Alice (1964), A Delicate Balance (1966, Pulitzer Prize; 1996, Tony Award), All Over (1971), Seascape (1974, Pulitzer Prize), The Lady From Dubuque (1977-78), The Man Who Had Three Arms (1981), ... view full profile

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