Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a play by Edward Albee first staged in 1962. It examines 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, and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship. While other plays establish the difference between reality and illusion, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starts out with the latter but leans to the former. More specifically, George and Martha have evaded the ugliness of their marriage by taking refuge in illusion. The disappointment that is their life together leads to the bitterness between them.
The play won both the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1962–63 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.
This play is Rated R. Due to adult content, themes, and language this show is not recommended for children.
You are not required to attend both nights of auditions to be considered for a role. Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to fill out your audition form. If you would like to audition but are unable to attend the scheduled audition dates please contact the director to schedule an early audition. (Contact information below.)
PLEASE NOTE: Casting 18 and older. Character age is just for reference. Flexible on casting. Be prepared to do cold readings from the script.
Additional Plot Information:
George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amidst general profanity, that she has invited a young couple—an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naïve new bride—to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the charade begins. The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn’t care less. But underneath the edgy banter, which is crossfired between both couples, lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha’s inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.
Please contact Director – Brett Cottone at [email protected] with any questions, or if you need to schedule an early audition.
Character Age: 52
Married to George, though disappointed – and now embittered – with his aborted academic career, a daddy’s girl with an acid tongue and a quick & sometimes malicious mind, has suffered great emotional trauma.
Character Age: 46
A member of the history department at New Carthage University, married to Martha in a once loving relationship now frequented by acrimony, a brilliant mind who feels dis-empowered, and lashes out through sarcasm.
Character Age: 28
Midwestern, good-looking, clean-cut, married to Honey, has just become a new member of the biology faculty at New Carthage University and is looking to climb up in the world, confident, and focused on his future, science, and the American dream.
Character Age: 26
Mousy, and anxious wife of Nick, has a weak stomach and prefers to avoid issues than dwell in their complexities. Drunk most of show.