The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed September 21 at 7:45 PM for one minute in honor of three-time Tony Award and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, producer and director Edward Albee, who passed away September 16 at age 88.
“Edward Albee was one of our most influential and most honored American playwrights and a master of words, with nearly 30 plays on Broadway. The outpouring of accolades and personal memories being shared since his death are a tribute to a dramatist who deeply affected audiences and inspired so many fellow writers with his brilliant dialogue and indelible characters. An original voice, Albee created some of the most complex and compelling works presented on stage in the past six decades. In recent years Broadway audiences have been fortunate to see new expressions of his work through notable revivals of his most treasured dramas. Albee will be missed by those who knew him and all who were influenced by him; but his iconic works will continue to challenge and entertain audiences whenever they are presented on Broadway and beyond,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, in a statement.
Mr. Albee was best known for his first full-length play and Broadway debut in 1962 with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a Tony Award-winning production (1963) that also became a 1966 film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Albee received Pulitzer Prizes for A Delicate Balance (1967), Seascape (1975) and Three Tall Women (1994). Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was selected for the 1963 Pulitzer Prize by the award’s drama jury, but was overruled by the advisory committee, which elected not to give a drama award at all. The jury subsequently resigned in protest.