VINTAGE PLAYBILL: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Starring Uta Hagen and Arthur Hill, 1962
12 Oct 2012
The ever-feuding George and Martha of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? return to the Broadway stage Oct. 13, exactly 50 years after they premiered at the Billy Rose (now Nederlander) Theatre.
In honor of the revival, Playbill revisits the original production, which starred Uta Hagen and Arthur Hill in Tony-winning performances. New York Times reviewer Howard Taubman found the new play "wry and electric" and hailed Albee's "furious skill as a writer."
This Playbill from opening night — Oct. 13, 1962 — features a headshot and bio of a young Edward Albee, a rising star playwright making his Broadway debut after coming to prominence Off-Broadway with The Zoo Story.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won the 1963 Tony for Best Play and received the Pulitzer Prize committee's recommendation for the drama award. However, the Pulitzer board rejected the nomination on the basis of vulgarity and opted to present no award that year.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.