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Winterfall Theatre presents Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
This June, Edward Albee’s classic play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? returns, as ferocious and relevant as ever, to woo a new generation of Melbourne theatre-lovers. The month-long season presents Winterfall Theatre’s debut production at their new home at Blackbox Theatre in Kew.
Penned by American playwright Edward Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a universally beloved drama of broken dreams and marital breakdown whose message resounds as forcefully as it did upon its feted premiere in 1962, before it was immortalised in the 1966 film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Said Albee, “People often get it wrong. They think it’s a play about people who hate each other. It’s not. It’s a play about people who love each other.” Directed by veteran Denis Moore, Melbourne’s acclaimed independent Winterfall Theatre present a loyal adaptation of the play, with a talented ensemble cast featuring Chris Connelly, Winterfall co-founder Michele Williams, Jordan Fraser-Trumble and Cassandra Magrath (Wolf Creek / SeaChange) starring as Albee’s two famous couples, George and Martha, and Nick and Honey.
Winterfall co-founder and cast member Michele Williams said, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? looks at the all-American dream that was held as supreme in the 1950s, and the sadness that eventuated when people felt they could not live up to its ideals. Albee’s genius lies in the way he looks at how society creates façades for itself – masks to hide behind, ways to behave so that we can fool ourselves and those who are closest to us.”
Denis Moore is a veteran Australian theatre director, as well as an actor of stage, film and TV. A Greenroom Award recipient for his direction of Harvest for Red Stitch Theatre, Moore has directed for Hit Productions, The South Australian Theatre Company, Playbox, The Malthouse, Red Stitch, La Mama, and was an instrumental director at the iconic Melbourne Pram Factory.
The play opens on Tuesday 21 June after a week of previews. The season will run until Sunday 10 July Tue-Sat, 7.3pm and Sun 2pm.