Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf - Postponed Until Further Notice
Community Players Theatre is announcing the postponement of our next show, Who’s Afraid of
Virginia Woolf until the state’s “Shelter in Place” order is lifted and the production staff can
evaluate options from there. Ticket sales will be suspended until further notice.
The following statement was issued this evening, April 6, 2020, from the show’s director, Brett
We hope that you, your friends, and your family are safe and healthy. The Illinois
shelter-in-place rules and staying at home have changed all of our lives. Live theatre
isn’t very easy to rehearse or patronize while practicing social distancing. Community
Players Theatre is all about social inclusion and that makes our mission very difficult at
Days before these new rules were put in place we had auditioned and cast our
upcoming production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf". The show has been rehearsing
online ever since but will obviously not be ready to perform for you in its original early
May timeframe. At this time we are announcing the official postponement of this show
with the hopes that it will be ready for some much needed entertainment and artistic
release once the current shelter-in-place rules are lifted and we are able to congregate
to enjoy live theatre as a group once again.
We know that the arts inspire hope and provide an escape from the everyday. The arts
are perhaps needed now more than ever, to bring our community together, and keep us
connected. We thank you for your understanding and patience at this time and we will
keep you updated once we have updated performance dates to share.
If you wish to continue to support Community Players Theatre during the state-wide shutdown,
visit https://reno.communityplayers.org to learn more about our current renovation capital
campaign, purchase CPT merchandise and/or sponsor a seat in our new auditorium.
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.