On October 13 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf will be turning 50. And to celebrate the anniversary, the show is making its return to the Broadway stage. But this revival is unlike any other, and not just because it will be the third revival of the play in the past seven years. What makes this one so unique is the original cast will be performing, exactly 50 years from the date it originally opened.
Uta Hagen, Arthur Hill, Tracy Letts, George and Amy Morton, and Carrie Coon will all be on stage at the Booth Theatre on October 13, 2012 to pick up all their original roles they donned half a century ago. The show originally performed at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and it landed there once again in 2005. It was in 2005 that it first made its way to Broadway, when Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin took the starring roles.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a story of an older couple that invites a younger couple over for drinks one evening. But while the younger couple thinks they’re going over to get to know some colleagues better, they have no idea the evening they’re in for. The older couple, George and Martha, spend the entire evening bickering and arguing, name-calling and making accusations that for the most part, are completely imagined. All the while, the younger pair are caught in the crossfire. It’s hysterical and theatrical, and makes for great entertainment — year after year.
The play is presented by Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel and produced by Susan Quint Gallin, Mary Lu Roffe, and Pam MacKinnon.