Woolf Packs in Boston; Broadway Next Stop for Albee Revival

News   Woolf Packs in Boston; Broadway Next Stop for Albee Revival
The Broadway-bound revival of the Edward Albee play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will leave Boston's Wilbur Theatre on March 6, after a three-week stay.
Bill Irwin in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Bill Irwin in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Photo by Paul Kolnick

New York audiences will get their first taste of Bill Irwin as George and Kathleen Turner as Martha on March 12, when the production sets up camp at Broadway's Longacre Theatre, working toward a March 20 opening.

David Harbour and Mireille Enos are Nick and Honey, the unfortunate dinner guests that George and Martha "get." Harbour and Enos appeared in The Invention of Love together.

The revival is directed by Anthony Page. John Lee Beatty designed the set. Also part of the design team are costume designer Jane Greenwood, lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski and sound designer Mark Bennett.

Woolf is being produced by Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Daryl Roth, Scott Rudin, Terry Allen Kramer, Roger Berlind and James L. Nederlander.

The production will be the first Broadway revival of the landmark drama since 1976. That mounting, directed by the playwright, ran 117 performances.

The lengthy, high-voltage play hit Broadway like a thunderbolt in 1962, shocking and electrifying audiences and critics with its volatile language and corrosive portrayal of a hostile American marriage. Previously known for a few admired Off-Broadway one-acts, Albee overnight became the country's most famous and lionized young playwright. The cast included Uta Hagen as Martha (in a career-capping performance), Arthur Hill as George, George Grizzard as Nick and Melinda Dillon as Honey. Alan Schneider directed.

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