Play Reading Society to take on ‘Virginia Woolf’
NEW ULM – The September play reading selection for the Alice Lind Play Reading Society on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Lind House will be the award winning drama by Edward Albee, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
The Lind House is located at 622 Center Street, New Ulm. This play reading begins at 7 p.m.
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is a 1962 play by Albee that examines the breakdown of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George.
After a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests late one evening and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship. The play is in three acts, normally taking a little less than three hours to perform, with two 10-minute intermissions.
The title is a pun on the song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” from Walt Disney’s The Three Little Pigs (1933), substituting the name of the celebrated feminist English author Virginia Woolf. Martha and George repeatedly sing this version of the song throughout the play.
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” won both the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1962-’63 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. It is frequently revived on the modern stage. The film adaptation was released in 1966, written by Ernest Lehman, directed by Mike Nichols, and starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal and Sandy Dennis.
Admission is $5. Reservations must be made as there are a limited number of scripts available. Call (507) 359-9990 and leave a message that you plan to attend. Participants will only be called if there are no more spaces available. Refreshments will be served.
Volunteers will be asked to read parts throughout the evening. Depending on attendance, the leading roles may be read by several people for each act or scene. Persons attending do not have to read or may request smaller roles to read.
Suggestions from the public for future plays are strongly encouraged. Contact Paul Warshauer at (507) 359-9990. The complete list for the rest of the year can be found at www.newulmact.com or a copy of the season will be sent via US mail if requested.
The Society meets on the second Tuesday of each month and is dedicated to the idea that reading and listening to plays allows the participants to understand the words and themes of the author more clearly than in some performances.
The series is named after the former Governor’s wife, Alice Lind, a supporter of social causes and literacy. To make reservations, please leave a name and phone number on the voice mail at the NUACT office phone (507) 359-9990 along with how many will be in your party.