Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
In a first-time collaboration, Bozeman Actors Theatre and the MSU Department of English will present a staged reading of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5, at MSU's Black Box Theatre.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won the Tony Award in 1963 for Best Play and has been revived on Broadway three times, most recently in 2012 with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton as George and Martha. The story may be best remembered from the 1966 film adaptation starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Both were nominated for Oscars that year; Taylor won for Best Actress.
The play figures prominently in a modern drama class taught this fall at Montana State University by Dr. Gretchen Minton, professor of English. The staged reading will help students and the public experience the power of Albee's words more than 50 years after the play's Broadway premiere.
Over the course of three acts, the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George, disintegrates in front of their late-night guests, Nick and Honey, a young couple they have met earlier in the evening at a college faculty party. Each couple faces painful truths, and no one emerges unscathed. Cara Wilder and Gordon Carpenter will read the roles of Martha and George, while Steven Harris-Weiel and Susan Miller will play Nick and Honey. Dee Dee Van Zyl directs.
Doors open at 6:30 each night for a 7 o'clock performance. Admission is free for MSU students, with a $10 suggested donation at the door for all others. The play runs approximately three hours, with an intermission and an optional discussion afterward. MSU's Black Box theatre is located at the corner of 11th and Grant. Free parking is available in the lots across from the theatre.
For more information, please find Bozeman Actors Theatre on Facebook, or call (406) 580-0374.
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