For the 50th Anniversary of the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago brings this electric production back to Broadway in 2012.
The show follows the marital discourse of George and Martha when they invite a new professor and his wife into their home for cocktails. As the drinks flow, the young couple is caught in the middle of a pyroclastic verbal battle that seemingly knows no end.The Steppenwolf Theatre's ensemble members tackling the tour-de-force roles of "George" and "Martha" are Tracy Letts and Amy Morton, respectively. They face off as one of 20th century theatre’s most volatile married couples in Edward Albee's hilarious and provocative masterpiece, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Joining them onstage are Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks as the young couple duped into witnessing World War III.
Previews for this highly anticipated Broadway revival will begin on September 27, 2012, at the Booth Theatre, located at 222 West 45th Street. The official Opening Night is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2012, exactly 50 years to the day of the award-winning play’s original Broadway opening on Saturday, October 13, 1962.
This 50th anniversary Broadway revival production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is directed by Tony Award nominee Pam MacKinnon, who helmed the equally caustic Clybourne Park. The Broadway revival production will also feature the original Steppenwolf Theatre Company's creative team. Todd Rosenthal heads up the Scenic Design), with Nan Cibula-Jenkins in charge of Costume Design. Allen Lee Hughes is overseeing the Lighting Design, and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen are jointly working on the Sound Design.
An acclaimed theatre ensemble, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company originally began this revival production in their home base of Chicago in December 2010. Edward Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? originally ran at Steppenwolf from December 2, 2010, to February 13, 2011. The production then transferred to Washington, D.C.’s famed Arena Stage, where it ran from February 25 to April 10, 2011.
According to Producers, a special ticket offer will be in place:
"In addition, in honor of its 50th anniversary return to Broadway this fall, a special Box Office Opening Celebration will be held at the Booth Theatre on Thursday, August 30, 2012. Tickets for all preview performances will be available for a special price of $50. This special ticket offer can only be purchased in person at the box office and is available on August 30th only. The box office will open at 10:00 a.m. The first 25 participants in line when the box office opens will receive a copy of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? autographed by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee. Everyone in line at 10:00 a.m. will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize package that includes a backstage tour and a dinner for two at Bond 45 Restaurant (154 West 45th Street)."A film version of Edward Albee’s Who's a Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was made starring real life partners Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The acidic bite in the scarily real performances by Burton and Taylor gave audiences a glimpse into their notoriously stormy relationship.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of Edward Albee’s Who's a Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will be presented on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Susan Quint Gallin and Mary Lu Roffe.