Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Opens on Broadway Oct. 13, the 50th Anniversary of the Classic

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13 Oct 2012

Amy Morton and Tracy Letts
Amy Morton and Tracy Letts
Photo by Michael Brosilow

George and Martha, the English-speaking theatre's most contentious married couple since Katharina and Petruchio, are back on Broadway in a new production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, opening Oct. 13 — 50 years to the day of its 1962 Broadway premiere. 

This time around, Tracy Letts and Amy Morton play the college-town husband and wife — he the history professor, she the college president's daughter — in a staging that first surfaced in late 2010 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company's home in Chicago, where the actors are stage royalty. Tony Award nominee Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park) directs the production, which began Broadway previews at the Booth Theatre on Sept. 27. View the play's original 1962 Playbill (featuring Uta Hagen and Arthur Hill) here.

Letts and Morton are the playwright and the star, respectively, of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning hit August: Osage County (Morton was nominated for a Tony for playing eldest daughter Barbara). Letts' plays include Bug and Killer Joe, among others. Morton, who has the role of a gubernatorial candidate on the TV series "Boss," is also a respected stage director. Read Playbill magazine's recent feature about Letts, who talks about George and Martha, and his collaboration with Morton.

The guests who are invited to late-night drinks at George and Martha's are Carrie Coon as Honey and Madison Dirks as Nick. They are caught in an outrageous night of cocktails and venom. All of the actors played Chicago and a later 2011 engagement at Arena Stage in Washington, DC.



The play about a marriage surviving on illusion and performance is in three acts, titled Fun and Games (Act One), Walpurgisnacht (Act Two) and Exorcism (Act Three).

Here's how the 2012 producers characterize the modern classic by Pulitzer Prize winner Albee: "On the campus of a small New England college, George and Martha invite a new professor and his wife home for a nightcap. As the cocktails flow, the young couple finds themselves caught in the crossfire of a savage marital war where the combatants attack the self-deceptions they forged for their own survival. Steppenwolf ensemble members Tracy Letts and Amy Morton face off as one of theatre's most notoriously dysfunctional couples in Albee's hilarious and harrowing masterpiece."

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