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Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? : a play
Albee, Edward, 1928-2016.
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Publication Information:
New York : Signet, 1983.

Physical Description:
242 pages ; 18 cm
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 10 10 Quiz: 20182 Guided reading level: NR.
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PS3501.L178 W5C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS3501.L178 W5C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS3501.L178 W5C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Twelve times a week," answered Uta Hagen, when asked how often she'd like to play Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Like her, audiences and critics alike could not get enough of Edward Albee's masterful play. A dark comedy, it portrays husband and wife George and Martha in a searing night of dangerous fun and games. By the evening's end, a stunning, almost unbearable revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years. With the play's razor-sharp dialogue and the stripping away of social pretense, Newsweek rightly foresaw Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as "a brilliantly original work of art--an excoriating theatrical experience, surging with shocks of recognition and dramatic fire [that] will be igniting Broadway for some time to come."

Author Notes

Edward Albee was born in Virginia on March 12, 1928. His first produced play, The Zoo Story, opened in Berlin in 1959 before playing at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village the following year. In 1960, it won the Vernon Rice Memorial Award. In 1962, his Broadway debut, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, won a Tony Award for best play. It was adapted into a film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in 1966.

He wrote about 30 plays during his lifetime including The Sandbox, The American Dream, The Death of Bessie Smith, All Over, and The Play About the Baby. He won the Pulitzer Prize three times for A Delicate Balance in 1966, Seascape in 1975, and Three Tall Women in 1991. Three Tall Women also received Best Play awards from the New York Drama Critics Circle and Outer Critics Circle. He won another Tony Award for The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? and a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 2005. He had died after a short illness on September 16, 2016 at the age of 88.

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Table of Contents

Act 1 Fun and Gamesp. 1
Act 2 Walpurgisnachtp. 87
Act 3 The Exorcismp. 183