Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Critically-Acclaimed Production of
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
Featuring ensemble members Tracy Letts and Amy Morton
with Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks
To Open on Broadway Fall 2012
Exactly 50 Years to the Date of the Original Broadway Production
CHICAGO (April 26, 2011) In celebration of its 50 year anniversary, the critically-acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will open on Broadway Saturday, October 13, 2012—exactly 50 years to the date after the play’s original Broadway opening on Saturday, October 13, 1962. Directed by Pam MacKinnon, the Broadway production will feature the original Steppenwolf cast: ensemble members Tracy Letts and Amy Morton with Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks and will open at a Shubert Theatre TBA.
This production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? originally ran at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company (December 13, 2010 – February 13, 2011) and then transferred to Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage (February 25 – April 10, 2011).
On the campus of a small New England college, George and Martha invite a new professor and his wife home for a nightcap. As the cocktails flow, the young couple finds themselves caught in the crossfire of a savage marital war where the combatants attack the self-deceptions they forged for their own survival. Steppenwolf ensemble members Tracy Letts and Amy Morton face off as one of theatre’s most notoriously dysfunctional couples in Albee’s hilarious and harrowing masterpiece.
The Broadway production will feature the original Steppenwolf creative team: Todd Rosentha (set design), Nan Cibula-Jenkins (costume design), Allen Lee Hughes (light design) and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design).
Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will be presented on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Susan Quint Gallin and Mary Lu Roffe (of Chicago) in association with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Artistic Director: Martha Lavey and Executive Director, David Hawkanson. Richards and Frankel previously teamed up with Steppenwolf to present ensemble member Tracy Letts’ Tony® and Pulitzer Prize-winning production of August: Osage County and Superior Donuts on Broadway. They are also producing Steppenwolf’s production of the Pulitzer finalist Detroit by Lisa D’Amour, directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Austin Pendleton, set to open on Broadway this fall.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL. (Martha Lavey, Artistic Director; David Hawkanson, Executive Director) is one of the nation’s leading ensemble theatres, producing up to 16 productions each year in its three Chicago theater spaces – including programming dedicated to the development of new plays and theatre for young adults. Steppenwolf’s productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. For additional information, visit www.steppenwolf.org, www.facebook.com/SteppenwolfTheatre and www.twitter.com/SteppenwolfThtr.
"When I saw this production last year I thought it was a brilliant production with star quality performances from Tracey Lett's and Amy Morton and if this should prove successful on Broadway they have a great shot of both being nominated for many acting awards however I am a little surprised that this is moving to Broadway since the revival with Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin in 2005. A production I saw at the Bank of America Theater which seemed to highlight more of the humor in the play then this production did, still this is Broadway and one has to wonder is it two soon no matter how great the cast is though they make a good argument for mounting it again."