Edward Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ Featuring Steppenwolf Theatre’s Tracy Letts and Amy Morton; To Play The Booth Theatre

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 Company production 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.

TRACY LETTS has been a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 2002. Previous Steppenwolf productions include Middletown, American Buffalo, Betrayal, The Pillowman, Last of the Boys, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross (also Dublin and Toronto), Three Days of Rain and many others. Other productions include: Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Street Theatre, NY); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Washington DC’s Arena Stage; Alliance Theatre, Atlanta); The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (A Red Orchid Theatre); Conquest of the South Pole (Famous Door); Bouncers (the Next Lab). TV and film: Guinevere, U.S. Marshals, Profiler, “Prison Break,” “Seinfeld,” “Home Improvement,” and many others. As a playwright, he is the author of Killer Joe, Bug (also screenplay), Man from Nebraska (Pulitzer finalist), August: Osage County (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award for Best Play), Superior Donuts and the upcoming adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters at Steppenwolf. This production marks his Broadway debut as an actor.

 

AMY MORTON is an actor, director and has been a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 1997. Her Steppenwolf acting credits include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, August: Osage County (Broadway, London and Sydney), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Broadway), Betrayal, Last of the Boys, The Well-Appointed Room, Berlin Circle, The Royal Family, Homebody/Kabul, Three Days of Rain, The Unmentionables, The Cherry Orchard, The Time of Your Life and many others. Directing credits include: Clybourne Park, American Buffalo, Our Country’s Good, The Weir, Glengarry Glen Ross, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Dublin Carol, Topdog/Underdog, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, The Pillowman, Love-Lies-Bleeding, The Dresser and Awake and Sing. Before joining Steppenwolf, she was a member of The Remains Theatre ensemble in Chicago for 15 years. She can be seen in the films Up in the Air, Rookie of the Year, 8mm, Falling Down and The Dilemma.

 

CARRIE COON: Chicago credits include The March, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and the upcoming Three Sisters (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); The Girl in the Yellow Dress (Next Theatre Company); The Real Thing (Writers’ Theatre); Magnolia (Goodman Theatre); and Bronte (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company). Regional theater credits include Reasons to Be Pretty, Blackbird (Renaissance Theaterworks); The Diary of Anne Frank, Anna Christie, Our Town (Madison Repertory Theatre); and four seasons with the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Television and film credits include “The Playboy Club,” various commercials and One in a Million. A native of Copley, Ohio, she received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 

MADISON DIRKS: Steppenwolf Theatre Company credits include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Gary. Other credits include The Chosen Girl; 20 (Serendipity Theatre, Los Angeles remount); A Man For All Seasons (TimeLine Theatre Company); The Last Supper (Infusion Theatre); Hillbilly Antigone (Lookingglass Theatre-u/s). Film and TV credits include: “According to Jim,” The Chicago Code, Public Enemies and the upcoming The Dilemma. Madison is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a graduate of Louisiana State University.

 

PAM MACKINNON received a 2012 Tony Award nomination for Clybourne Park. She is an OBIE Award-winning New York-based director who also directed the Steppenwolf and Arena Stage productions of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Other recent productions include the premieres of Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award and Lortel nominations); Rachel Axler’s Smudge (Women’s Project); and Cusi Cram’s A Life-time Burning (Primary Stages); as well as Shakespeare’s Othello (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); and Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw (South Coast Rep). She is a longtime interpreter of the plays of Edward Albee, having directed A Delicate Balance (Arena Stage); The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? (Alley Theatre and Vienna’s English Theatre); and The Play About the Baby (Philadelphia Theatre and Goodman Theatre); as well as premieres of At Home at the Zoo (formerly called Peter and Jerry at Hartford Stage and Second Stage); and Occupant (Signature Theatre). Additional recent work includes premieres of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); and Itamar Moses’ The Four of Us (Manhattan Theatre Club and Old Globe). She is a Drama League and Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab alumna and an Affiliated Artist with the New York downtown company Clubbed Thumb.

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.