Edward Albee Biding His Time on Possible New York Woolf Revival

News   Edward Albee Biding His Time on Possible New York Woolf Revival Edward Albee is in no hurry to mount a new Broadway production of his most famous work, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Speaking at a press preview for his latest offering, an evening of Albee and Samuel Beckett one-acts called, appropriately, Beckett/Albee, the playwright confirmed that there was "constant discussion" about a new Manhattan Woolf.

Last summer, reports emerged that Jessica Lange and Ed Harris had expressed interest in playing the lead roles of Martha and George. At the time, Albee's regular producer, Elizabeth McCann, affirmed that the actors and the dramatist were to meet about the possibility. Other actresses mentioned by the New York Post as eager the play Martha were Mercedes Ruehl, Christine Lahti, Judith Ivey, Bette Midler, Patti LuPone and Stockard Channing.

On Sept. 4, however, Albee suggested, that Broadway and big stars may not be the way to go for Woolf. "So many people want to do it and so many people aren't right," he told Playbill On-Line. "I don't even know why they want to do it on Broadway. Why not do it Off-Broadway where you can get first rate actors who aren't names? It might be better Off-Broadway. The blockbuster actors would only give you four months on Broadway. And this is the first revival in New York since I directed it in 1976 with Colleen Dewhurst and Ben Gazzara. Why waste a production?"

When it was mentioned that recent short-term, all-star revivals of classic plays, such as Long Day's Journey Into Night, had proven quite successful, Albee answered, "I imagine the real estate would be happier if it was running for two years."

He reiterated, however, that whether on Broadway or Off-Broadway, the next Virginia Woolf would be produced by McCann.