In the late sixties, a certain theatrical rumor was born. The story goes that an all-male version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Richard Burton as Martha, Henry Fonda as George, Jon Voight as Honey and Warren Beatty as Nick, was all set for production, but author Albee stepped in and stopped it. In fact, the miffed author declared the play would never be produced with an all-male cast.
Playwright Michael Kearns imagines four gay men in a Los Angeles Equity waiver company who decide to go against Albee's words and stage the play themselves in Who's Afraid of Edward Albee?, ending its run Jan. 22 at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. Performances began Dec. 11. NCTC resident director Arturo Catricala (The Lisbon Traviata, Like a Vampire) directs.
Who's Afraid of Edward Albee? premiered in June 1999 at Los Angeles' Glaxa Studios. Actor-director Kearns is known for his solo pieces intimacies, more intimacies, Rock and Tell-Tale Kisses, his direction of Jerker and for his Drama-Logue winning star turn in the title role of Charles Ludlam's Camille.
Tickets are $22-$13 and available by calling the box office at (415) 861 8972. The New Conservatory Theatre Center is located at 25 Van Ness Avenue near Market.
Who's Afraid of Edward Albee? is the second show in NCTC's Millennium Pride Series of gay-themed plays. Upcoming are Love! Valor! Compassion! (Jan. 12-March 4), the West Coast premiere of Message to Michael (March 15 - May 6) and Torch Song Trilogy (May 24 - July 15). -- By Christine Ehren