Thursday, March 22, 2007

WC Drama Department's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to Rouse Audiences, March 23, 24

Chestertown, MD, March 22, 2007 — Washington College's Drama Department will stage Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a senior thesis directed by Liz Clarke, on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the College's Norman James Theatre.

A haunting tour de force of American drama, Albee's play portrays a dinner party turned sour when a night of party games transforms into a psychological and emotional battle. George and Martha, a bitter, alcoholic couple, invite Nick, the new biology professor, and his wife Honey to their New England home for a few nightcaps and pleasantries. Despite erupting verbal comments and intermittent physical abuse between George and Martha, Nick and Honey endure with fascination and embarrassment their hosts' abuse, even when they become targets.

Selected for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1963, the play lost this honor due to the advisory board's reevaluation of the play's language and sexual themes. Less ruffled by the then-controversial profanity, audiences today fall for the brilliant depth and pathos of Albee's chief masterpiece.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? stars Matt Folker, junior Juliana Schoettler, freshman James Maguire, and sophomore Arielle Brown. Admission is free, but reservations are required. For show information, call 410-778-7835 or e-mail

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