Edward Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ Box Office Opens August 30, 2012

In honor of its 50th anniversary return to Broadway this fall, producers of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? announced today that a special Box Office Opening Celebration will be held at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street) on Thursday, August 30, 2012. Tickets for all preview performances will be available for a special price of $50. This special ticket offer can only be purchased in person at the box office and is available on August 30th only. The box office will open at 10:00 AM.

In addition, the first 25 participants in line when the box office opens will receive a copy of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? autographed by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee. Everyone in line at 10:00 AM will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize package that includes a backstage tour and a dinner for two at Bond 45 Restaurant (154 West 45th Street).

This fall, one of America’s most acclaimed theatre ensembles will take on one of the greatest plays of the 20th century when the Steppenwolf Theatre Companyproduction of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? comes to Broadway to celebrate the play’s 50th anniversary.

Previews will begin on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street) with opening night set for Saturday, October 13, 2012, exactly 50 years to the day of the play’s original Broadway opening on Saturday, October 13, 1962.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park), the production will feature the original Steppenwolf cast led by Tracy Letts and Amy Morton, the playwright and the star of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning smash hit August: Osage County. The two will face off as George and Martha, one of theatre’s most notoriously dysfunctional couples in Albee’s hilarious and provocative masterpiece. They will be joined by Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks as the unwitting young couple invited over to George and Martha’s for an unforgettable night of cocktails and crossfire.

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.

This production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?originally ran at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company from December 2, 2010 – February 13, 2011 before transferring to Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage, where it ran fromFebruary 25 – April 10, 2011.

The Broadway production will feature the original Steppenwolf creative team: Todd Rosenthal (set design), Nan Cibula-Jenkins (costume design), Allen Lee Hughes (light design) and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design).

Steppenwolf’s production of 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. Richards and Frankel previously teamed up with Steppenwolf (Artistic Director Martha Lavey and Executive Director David Hawkanson) to present ensemble member Tracy Letts’ Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning production of August: Osage County and Superior Donuts on Broadway.

BOND 45 (154 West 45th Street) is located right in the center of the theatre district, walking distance to every major Broadway show. Bond 45 feels like a part of old New York, because it is. The building is a theatre district landmark. The Ziegfeld Follies began on their roof, back when the building was the Hammerstein Theater. Most of us remember it as the Bond clothing store, a staple of any classic Time Square panorama, famous for its gigantic sign and its offer of two pairs of pants with every suit. Bond 45 serves up a genuine Italian experience including real American ‘firsts:’ a roman mozzarella bar and cheese focaccia from Liguria, Pantondo, and a new Antipasti bar that is even more spectacular than ever. The New York Post calls Bond 45 “an Italian steakhouse reincarnation of the old Jack Dempsey’s, which already tastes likes a long running hit,” and Hal Rubenstein of New York Magazine says it “treats [you] like family while executing home-style cooking as solid as my mom’s.”