Ophelia's Jump presents Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
Ophelia’s Jump Productions begins their 2020 Season with Edward Albee’s Tony Award winning masterpiece, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The production will be performed at the Ophelia’s Jump Studio Theater, located at 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, in Upland, from February 7 through March 7, 2020.
Directed by Randy Lopez, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is Albee’s masterwork-- a powerful and shocking collision of comedy and tragedy presented by the creative team of Ophelia’s Jump as the kick-off of their 2020 Season which includes the annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival.
About Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?:
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 inhibitions melt. Truths and lies are shot back and forth in a dizzying volley of wit and words. But underneath the edgy banter, 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 been the foundation and the straitjacket 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, but perhaps opening space for a real life together.
Winner! 5 Tony Awards including Best Play, 1963
Winner! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Nominee! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Winner! 2013 Drama League Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Nominee! 2013 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play
“Albee’s play is tragic in that it shows an intelligent couple retreating into verbal violence and grotesque games-playing to camouflage their unhappiness. But it is optimistic in that George and Martha finally shed their illusions and face up to the bitter truth. The greatness of Albee’s play lies in its unspoken wish that the American nation might itself one day have the courage to confront reality.” – Michael Billington, The Guardian
"...fabrication, delusion and manipulation are integral to the play. Like Beckett and his existentialist comic nightmares, Albee mines a pitch-black absurdism. Fifty years on, and he’s still one step ahead of Broadway.” – Elisabeth Vincentelli, The New York Post
- Title: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - By Edward Albee
- Direction: Randy Lopez
- Assistant Director: Lee Barrow
- Featuring: Kevin Michael Moran* (George), Beatrice Casagran (Martha), Scott Lipman (Nick), and Dee Dee Popper (Honey)
- Location: 2009 Porterfield Way, Suite H, Upland, CA 91786
- Regular Run - February 7 - March 7, 2020
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is produced through special arrangement with Samuel French.
*member of Actor's Equity Association
About Ophelia’s Jump
Ophelia’s Jump is a non-profit regional theatre company based in Claremont and performing in Claremont and Upland. Ophelia's Jump Productions was founded by artists and educators who believe that the purpose of theatre is to create unending conversations, spark imagination, incite conscience, and elicit a visceral response.
Ophelia’s Jump aims to invigorate the creativity and intellect of the community by working with local emerging artists. Artistic programming includes our Season of Productions, annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival, classes for children and adults, Improv, Staged Reading and additional outreach and educational events including sponsoring Claremont’s monthly Art Pop-Up.
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