Madison Lyric Stage will present Edward Albee’s dark comedy Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? inside their brand-new tent on the grounds of Madison’s Deacon John Grave House, September 16-25. Marc Deaton directs.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is Edward Albee’s masterpiece, examining the complexities of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George. Late one evening, after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests for drinks, and use them to fuel anguish and emotional pain toward each other through a harrowing night. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won the Tony Award for Best Play and is also an Oscar-winning film.
“Martha and George are indelible theatrical characters, who engage in a searing night of dangerous fun and games with their unwitting guests,” said Marc Deaton, artistic director of Madison Lyric Stage. “By the evening’s end, a stunning, almost unbearable revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years. Still, I would ultimately describe the play as a love story.”
Tickets are $55 and can be purchased by visiting madisonlyricstage.org or by calling 203-215-6329. The Deacon John Grave House is located at 581 Boston Post Road in Madison. Evening performances are at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 4:00 pm.