A Bumpy Night: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Begins Broadway Run March 12

News   A Bumpy Night: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Begins Broadway Run March 12
"What a Dump!" is the Bette Davis line the character of Martha quotes at the start of the Edward Albee play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? But the citing of another Davis line would have been equally appropriate: "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night!"

Kathleen Turner in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Kathleen Turner in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Photo by Paul Kolnick

A bumpy night is just what new professor Nick (David Barbour) and his innocent wife Honey (Mireille Enos) get when they are invited over for a night of drinking, debauchery and digs at the home of seemingly meek fellow academic George (Bill Irwin) and his husband-hating, self-loathing, guest-baiting wife Martha (Kathleen Turner).

The Broadway revival of Edward Albee's most famous play concluded a three week stay at Boston's Wilbur Theatre on March 6.

New York audiences will get their first taste of the 2005 vintage George and Martha on March 12, when the production sets up camp at Broadway's Longacre Theatre, working toward a March 20 opening.

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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