PHOTO CALL: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals and Curtain Call
By Joseph Marzullo
George and Martha, the English-speaking theatre's most contentious married couple since Katherina and Petruchio, are back on Broadway in a new production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which opened 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.
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).
The Broadway production features the original Steppenwolf creative team: Todd Rosenthal (set design), Nan Cibula-Jenkins (costume design), Allen Lee Hughes (light design) and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design).
Steppenwolf’s production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is presented on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Susan Quint Gallin, Mary Lu Roffe, Kit Seidel, Amy Danis & Mark Johannes, Patty Baker, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Jam Theatricals, Cheryl Lachowicz, Michael Palitz, Dramatic Forces/Angelina Fiordellisi, Kathleen K. Johnson, and Will Trice.
The Booth Theatre is at 222 W. 45th Street. Tickets to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? can be purchased at Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.
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