Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
By Edward Albee
Directed by Brey Ann Barrett
27 - APRIL 11
The Hunger Artists Theatre Company presents the third production of their 13th season, entitled The Year Of Failed Relationships, with Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? Directed by Brey Ann Barrett, the production runs from March 27th through April 11th.
Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? is the first time that the Hunger Artists Theater Company has presented the work of Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee. The play was first presented on Broadway at the Billy Rose Theater in 1962 starring Uta Hagen, Arthur Hill, George Grizzard and Melinda Dillon. The production was awarded the Tony Award for Best Play and was selected for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, although due to the play’s profanity and sexual themes, it was overruled by the award’s advisory committee. The play was recently revived in a 2004 production starring Bill Irwin and Kathleen Turner, which won a Best Actor Tony for Irwin.
The play was also made into a film in 1967 directed by Mike Nichols and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal and Sandy Dennis. It was the only film to be nominated in every eligible Academy Awards category, and it walked away with four Oscars, including Best Actress for Taylor and Best Supporting Actress for Dennis. In AFI’s 2007 100 Years...100 Movies list, the film was ranked at number 67.The production stars Mark Coyan and Katie Chidester as legendary theatrical couple George and Martha. Coyan, an OC Weekly Award-winning actor, is a founding member of the Hunger Artists and has played the leads in such shows as re: Woyzeck, Marat.Sade, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Metamorphosis. Chidester, the Associate Managing Director of Hunger Artists, has previously been seen in Hunger productions Top Girls, The Vagina Monologues and Frozen, and directed the Flying Spaghetti Monster plays and Neil LaBute’s bash: latter-day plays. The production also features Jeremy Gable, who was last seen in The Shape of Things at Hunger Artists, as Nick and Lauren Kushin - a member of the Orange County Underground Burlesque Society who was previously seen in Cabaret and Top Girls at Hunger Artists – as Honey.
Lighting design for Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is by Christina L. Munich, with set design by Tony Viramontes. Costume design is by Kaitlyn Tice, and sound design is by Jeremy Gable.
Edward Albee is the son of a famous theater owner and grandson of a vaudeville magnate. Having been expelled from several schools, he graduated Valley Forge Military Academy in 1945. His is known for his promotion of American university theatre, having often spoken on campuses and having served as a distinguished professor at the University of Houston from 1989 to 2003. His other works in his 50-year history of playwriting include The Zoo Story, Tiny Alice, A Delicate Balance, Seascape, Three Tall Women and The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?
“I wanted to direct this play because of its unflinching emotional honesty, and its unique ability to put a mirror in front of its audience and ask them to re-evaluate their meaning of love, marriage, empathy and sympathy,” Barrett said. “It is one of the funniest and most heart-wrenching plays I have experienced, and I wish to share that emotional experience with the audience. It is particularly important for me to direct this production at Hunger Artists because everything I know about theater is because of this company, a fact that I am very proud of, and I wish to repay my respects to the theater by showing what I have learned.”
Brey Ann Barrett has been a member of the Hunger Artists since 2003. Having served in various capacities at the theater, she has previously directed for the company’s Dead Letter Office, 24 Hour Theater and Beyond Convention festivals, and has appeared in Romeo & Juliet, Careless Love, Twelfth Night, Little Women and Guignol X. This is her mainstage directorial debut.
"Brey is one of our most dedicated and resourceful artists at the theater,” says Artistic Director Jeremy Gable. “She’s grown up at this theater and displayed a ferocious creativity. That, paired with the fact that we have surprisingly never presented an Albee play in our 13 years of existence, made Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? a perfect choice for our Year Of Failed Relationships. It’s a legendary show, a fantastic crew and a great cast. We’re all very excited about this one.”
Performances of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7 pm, with a special “$5” performance on Thursday, April 9th at 8 pm. General admission tickets are $18; senior and students (with valid ID) may purchase tickets for $15. Patrons may purchase tickets online by visiting our website (www.hungerartists.com). To reserve tickets by phone, please call 714.680.6803.
For more information about Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? or the Hunger Artists Theatre Company’s 13th season, please visit www.hungersartists.com. Programming, dates and times are subject to change.