Edward Albee's Masterpiece Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Actor's Theatre
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Ugly Betty meets The Terminator in this new sci-fi musical by D'Arcy Drollinger (Shit & Champagne, Project: Lohan). When lonely, put-upon secretary Eileen spots an ad for a fully functioning mechanical male companion, she takes her future by the reigns and places an order. Mr. Irresistible soon arrives on her doorstep and, true to fantasy, a romance blossoms. Just one problem: He's not her mail-order groom. He's an exterminator on a service call. Soon the official Acme Brand Mr. Irresistible comes knocking, and the humble exterminator can't compete with the custom-made dream man. But just as Eileen is settling into a state of bliss with her new perfect beau, a coworker she's been complaining about turns up dead, and Eileen becomes suspicious of her robotic Romeo. She contemplates sending him back -- where he'll be disassembled for parts -- but Mr. Irresistible catches on and begins a fight for his life. Will Eileen finally find her voice and learn where true love has been all along? Learn More
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Winner of the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award
Martha, the daughter of the college president, much to the consternation of her husband, George, a “forty something” professor of history, invites for late night drinks a newly arrived on campus and ambitious young academic, Nick, and his naive wife, Honey. Fueled by prodigious consumption of alcohol, George and Martha ensnare the guests in their no holds barred verbal warfare during which the deepest confidences are betrayed, facades of civility ripped away, pretension and self respect destroyed. And yet the curious alliance of George and Martha survives the maelstrom of their drunken Saturday night and gives promise of redemption in the dawn of Sunday morning.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened at Broadway’s Billy Rose Theater on October 3, 1963, starring Uta Hagen and Arthur Hill as the battling George and Martha. It ran for 664 performances and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award andy the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play. It was made into a popular film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in 1966, for which Taylor won an Academy Award for Best Actress.
The title refers to Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), an influential British feminist writer who pioneered the ‘stream of consciousness’ literary style while examining the psychological and emotional motives of her characters. She suffered from mental illness and ultimately went insane and committed suicide.
This Actors Theatre of San Francisco production features Christian Phillips as George, Rachel Klyce as Martha, Alex Garcia as Nick and Jessica Coghill as Honey. Directed by Keith Phillips, Assisted by John Krause. Design by Biz Duncan, Rachel Klyce, James Baldock.