PLAYBILL BRIEF ENCOUNTER With Amy Morton, the Voracious Martha of Broadway's Virginia Woolf

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15 Oct 2012

Morton and Tracy Letts in Virginia Woolf.
Photo by Michael Brosilow

A conventional piece of wisdom often applied to this play is, by the end of the action, it's actually George and Martha who have the marriage that will endure, and Nick and Honey's union is on its way to dissolution. Do you agree with that?
AM: Yeah. I agree it's the stronger relationship. I made this crack the other day in rehearsal. The play takes place in 1962. So by 1972, Honey will by 36. So she'll be screaming into the women's movement. She'll have left Nick in the dust.

She'll have had different options than Martha had in the 1940s and 1950s.
AM: Yeah.

Martha is actually offstage a fair amount of the time, tending to Honey when she's sick; seducing Nick.
AM: I wouldn't say "a fair amount." I could use more time. [Laughs.] But, no, Tracy definitely has the largest load in this play. He leaves the stage only once.

This is your third visit to Broadway. Does the experience seem different with each time?
AM: Yes and no. Broadway is kind of steeped in tradition, so some things don't change, which is really sort of great. But, you know, I'm also older. This play is a completely different journey than the other two I did on Broadway, and it's a different house. So, yeah, it's different. But I love the fact that some things don't change on Broadway.



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Carrie Coon, Tracy Letts, Amy Morton and Madison Dirks
Photo by Michael Brosilow

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