“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Not sure?
Well, you and the Mercyhurst University community will find out who’s afraid on Nov. 12.
The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture is playing an encore version of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
The performance will begin at 12:55 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.
The play was written by Edward Albee.
It was first performed on Broadway in 1962.
Psychological games are at work during this play.
Martha invites a new professor and his wife over for drinks, which irritates Martha’s husband, George, who is not keen to entertain his co-worker.
Martha and George have a very toxic relationship, and the young couple is drawn in and their night is turned upside down.
Come to the performance to learn about the dysfunctional relationship of Martha and George, and how they torment a poor young couple.
The live performance that was filmed to make the encore version was performed in the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.
It was produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and directed by James Macdonalds.
The play has a wonderful cast, including Imelda Staunton, who played the hated Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films; Conleth Hill, from “Game of Thrones”; Luke Treadaway; and Imogen Poots.
The title is actually a pun. It is a spin off of the song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” but Albee substituted English author Virginia Woolf.
The crazy couple sing this adapted song throughout the play.
As always, tickets are free for Mercyhurst students, $18 for an adult ticket, $15 for seniors and students of other institutions and $10 for youth.