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'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' headed back to B'way

June 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, June 13 (UPI) -- Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is headed to Broadway this fall, the play's producers said.

The revival is being staged on Broadway to coincide with the play's 50th anniversary.

Previews will begin Sept. 27 at the Booth Theatre with opening night Oct. 13, 50 years to the day after the play's original Broadway opening Oct. 13, 1962.

"Directed by Tony Award nominee Pam MacKinnon, the production will feature the original Steppenwolf cast led by Tracy Letts and Amy Morton, the playwright and the star of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning smash hit 'August: Osage County,'" said a synopsis released Wednesday. "The two will face off as George and Martha, one of theater's most notoriously dysfunctional couples in Albee's hilarious and provocative masterpiece. They will be joined by Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks as the unwitting young couple invited over to George and Martha's for an unforgettable night of cocktails and crossfire."

The drama was last seen on Broadway in 2005, in a revival that starred Kathleen Turner as Martha and Bill Irwin as George.

Irwin was the third actor to win a best actor Tony as George.

The original production was nominated for six Tony Awards and won five, including best play, best actor for Arthur Hill and best actress for Uta Hagen. Ben Gazzara and Colleen Dewhurst won acting Tony Awards for a 1977 revival.

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