‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ At Perishable Theater

who's afraid of virginia woolf This September, Edward Albee’s masterpiece Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? comes to Perishable Theatre at 95 Empire Street. Originally produced in 1962, and now a staple of American literature, the most widely known of Albee’s plays examines everything from love, marriage, our illusions of happiness and the seemingly inevitable deterioration of the American dream.

Independently produced by Josh Short and director Jimmy Calitri, the cast features well-known local actors Jim O’Brien and Rae Mancini in the roles of the warring couple George and Martha (made famous in the Oscar winning 1962 movie of the same name by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor), with Josh Short and Bonnie Griffin as upstart Professor Nick and his naïve wife, Honey.

Virginia Woolf garnered an impressive collection of awards, including the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, the Foreign Press Association Award, two Antoinette Perry (“Tony”) Awards, the Variety Drama Critics’ Poll Award, and the Evening Standard Award. Through September 12th, Thursday thru Sunday at 7pm, Sundays at 2pm. $20/general, $15/student/seniors, Sunday Matinees are Pay-What-You-Can.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Perishable Theatre, 95 Empire Street, tickets available at the door. For reservations or more info, email woolfatperishable@gmail.com.

Play Synopsis

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee’s first full-length play and his first to appear on Broadway, is considered by many to be his greatest dramatic achievement, as well as a central work in the contemporary American theatre. The play focuses on an embittered academic couple who gradually draw a younger couple, freshly arrived from the Midwest, into their vicious games of marital love-hatred.

*This production is using the space at 95 Empire, home of Perishable Theatre, through the Perishable Enriches Artists (PEA) program, offering below-market rehearsal and performance space to new, emerging, and established artists. Our spaces include a dance studio, classroom and black-box theatre space. More information about space at www.perishable.org/rental.htm . Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is not a Perishable production.

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