Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” Debuts in Athens
By: Jennings Brooks
Graphic Courtesy of Athens Creative Theatre
ATHENS, GA - The Athens Creative Theatre’s production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” will be opening this Thursday in Quinn Hall for the first time time ever in Athens, Georgia.
First staged in 1962 by Edward Albee, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” is a psychological thriller about “conflict and chaos within marital relationships,” program specialist and director Terry Powell said in a telephone interview.
“This is one of those shows where if it’s done well, they’ll call you brilliant. If it’s done poorly, they’ll call you a boor. But to do it at all is to be brave. It’s one of those shows where you really have to hit the mark,” Powell said.
This production was originally scheduled to debut 12 years ago through the Athens Creative Theatre, but was canceled due to budgetary changes. Powell describes this production, as a “director’s bucket list show.” Powell said, “It’s an extremely difficult show to direct because you have a static set and because the content is very psychological.”
This production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” is through the branch of the Athens Creative Theatre called ACT After Dark. ACT After Dark occurs during the winter months and offers the direction of more complex scripts in order to target the adult taxpaying audience supporting the Athens-Clarke County community theatre.
The play, based in the 1960s, is a three-act production about the relational dysfunction between couples. The story of the four characters, George, Martha, Nick and Honey, remains in a static set in the late hours of the evening after a university faculty party.
Athens Creative Theatre program leader Daniel Self said he is hoping for a sold-out show in the 94-seat black box. The show will run from Feb. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 3:00 p.m. at Quinn Hall in Memorial Park. Student, children, and senior tickets are $12 while adult tickets are $15 and can be bought online at www.mortontheatre.com or by calling the Morton Theatre box office at 706-613-3771.