Edward Albee's Masterpiece Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Actor's Theatre
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In this modern masterwork -- critically praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht -- the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of business, faith, family and philanthropy. After 16 years, A.C.T. brings Shaw back to the stage with this co-production with Theatre Calgary, one of A.C.T.'s favorite Canadian collaborators, featuring an international cast of Canadian and American actors. 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.
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