Mar. 2nd, 2011

Arena Stage Presents The Edward Albee Festival

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater continues its inaugural season this spring with an unparalleled tribute to one of the nation's greatest living playwrights, Edward Albee.

The New York Times described him as "the leading American playwright of his generation." In honor of Albee's work, the company mounts a two-month festival featuring 30 events, making nearly every one of his plays available in performance spaces throughout the Mead Center.

The festival kicks off with Steppenwolf Theatre Company's highly acclaimed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts as George, Tony Award nominee Amy Morton as Martha, Carrie Coon as Honey and Madison Dirks as Nick in the Kreeger Theater February 25 trhough April 10.

As wickedly hilarious today as when it first shocked audiences, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is an ingeniously funny play that packs a helluva wallop. What starts as verbal sparring at an impromptu cocktail party, devolves into a no-holds-barred battle of wits and wills. With brilliant writing and some of the greatest characters ever created for the stage, Albee set a new standard for American theater with this sharp, vicious Molotov cocktail of a play.

Simultaneously Arena Stage mounts At Home at the Zoo directed by Mary B. Robinson starring Jeff Allin as Peter, Colleen Delany as Ann and James McMenamin as Jerry in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle February 25 through April 24. At Home at the Zoo is a riveting drama that expands upon The Zoo Story, the one-act play that launched Albee's career 50 years ago.

In this meticulous look at the lives of three New Yorkers, an everyday conversation between a husband and wife takes an unexpected turn into dangerously personal territory. The revelations and confrontations catapult them from their delicately balanced world onto life-changing paths.

Founded in 1950 by Zelda Fichandler, Thomas Fichandler and Edward Mangum, Arena Stage has become a national center for the production, presentation, development and study of the American theater. It is the largest theater in the country dedicated to American Voices.

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