Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

New Stagvirginia-wolfe Theatre, January 26-30, February 2-6 at 7:30 pm; January 31 & February 7 at 2:00 pm, New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St), Lurking underneath witty banter at a late night social gathering, tragedy and despair reveal themselves as revengeful seduction, drunken spouses, and inhuman bitterness. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? explores the great personal sadness that has been the foundation of George and Martha’s relationship, revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.  A tantalizing examination of marriage at its most volatile stage. $28; $22 seniors/students; call 601.948.3533 ext. 222 or www.newstagetheatre.com

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JACKSON—New Stage Theatre presents the classic American drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? January 26-February 7, 2016. Curtain times and dates for performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices are $28.00 with discounts available for students, senior citizens and groups. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, located inside the Jane Reid Petty Theatre Center, charged by phone by calling the theatre at (601) 948-3531 or ordered online at www.newstagetheatre.com. The production is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson The Meyer and Genevieve Falk Endowment Fund for Culture and Art, Mississippi Humanities Council, and Cathead Distillery.

Lurking underneath witty banter at a late night social gathering, tragedy and despair reveal themselves as revengeful seduction, drunken spouses, and inhuman bitterness. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? explores the great personal sadness that has been the foundation of George and Martha’s relationship, revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives. A tantalizing examination of marriage at its most volatile stage. This 1963 Tony Award winning play is as powerful today as it was when New Stage opened its doors with it on January 20, 1966.

“New Stage Theatre opened its doors 1966 with Edward Albee’s 1963 Tony Award Winning play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” said Director Francine Thomas Reynolds. “As shattering and memorable today as it was 50 years ago, Woolf anchors our 50th Anniversary Season almost exactly 50 years from the day New Stage began. I have been an admirer of Albee since I had the amazing opportunity of being his classroom assistant for a semester while in graduate school. He is one of our country’s theatre geniuses and Woolf had tremendous impact on American Drama.”

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was the very first show produced by New Stage Theatre January 20-29, 1966 at its original location in the old church building at the corner of Gallatin and Hooker Streets in downtown Jackson. The original cast included: Jane Reid Petty as Martha, Frank Hains as George, Sue Chancellor as Honey, John Wilkerson as Nick, and was directed by New Stage’s first Artistic Director Ivan Rider.

The current ensemble cast includes Cullen Douglas (Pasadena, CA) as George, Jo Ann Robinson (Pearl) as Martha, David Lind (Brooklyn, NY) as Nick, and Annie Cleveland (Jackson) as Honey. Douglas, Lind, and Robinson appear through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

“The cast assembled for the drama is fantastic. I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful cast that is up to the challenge of playing such volatile and shattered people.” Reynolds continued, “It is gratifying to have Cullen Douglas, now a successful film and tv actor, but once a NST Intern Company alumni from the 1990’s and David Lind, a NST Intern Company alumni from this decade, in the cast as well as veteran Jo Ann Robinson and new comer Annie Cleveland. All of this history makes working on Woolf even more thrilling and momentous.”

ADDITIONAL EVENTS DURING WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

NST Dialogues: Albee, Woolf and the Pulitzer

Friday, January 29 • Hewes Room • 6:30 p.m. • Free

Pre performance Conversation with Dr. David A. Crespy, Professor of Playwriting, Acting, Dramatic Literature at the University of Missouri; President of the Edward Albee Society about the impact of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? On audiences and the 1963 Pulitzer Awards Committee.

Seminar sponsored by Mississippi Humanities Council through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative, a series of public programs commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Prizes in 2016.

Dreamwork for Playwriting Workshop with Dr. David A. Crespy

Saturday, January 30 • 10:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Free – limited participation on a first come, first served basis

This workshop for playwrights and playwriting students develops advanced skills of playwriting styles through intensive writing exercises, readings, and group work. To register email submissions@newstagetheatre.com or call 601-948-3533 ext. 224 for more information.

Celebrate New Stage’s Birthday!

During the run of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? New Stage will celebrate its 50th anniversary by inviting the audience to enjoy birthday cake during intermission!