Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
A Hearty Invitation From Martha and George to a Night of Fun and Games!
Who would be able to resist an invitation for a drink at Martha’s and George’s house? Even though 2 a.m. would normally be too late for a visit, a young couple who have just moved to the university town, yields to the temptation to make precious social contacts. And they are quite extraordinary: Martha, the daughter of the local university’s founder, and history professor George both belong to the local elite. Yet after more than twenty years of marriage their relationship – outwardly happy and thriving – has many cracks. Having drunk too much, the two couples lose all restraints. The next morning, all that remains from the party is an awful hangover.
Although Edward Albee’s (1928–2016) famous drama from 1962 probes into the life of two couples, the message we get does not concern only family affairs and sexual relations between men and women; it is also a testimony of a pseudointellectual society. A society that generates senseless conventions while diverting itself with cruel games, encloses itself in impermeable barriers while suffering from loneliness, and dreams of unattainable ideals while tormenting itself with self-disenchantment.
Premiere: 23rd April 2021 at the Mahen Theatre