“WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?” ANNOUNCES DIGITAL LOTTERY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
“WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?”
TWO-TIME TONY AWARD® AND THREE-TIME EMMY AWARD® WINNER
2019 OLIVIER AWARD WINNER
DIRECTED BY TWO-TIME TONY WINNER
New York, NY (March 5, 2020) – Today, a digital lottery for the highly anticipated production of Edward Albee’s seminal and perpetually astonishing drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring two-time Tony Award and three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf, Rupert Everett, 2019 Olivier Award winner Patsy Ferran, and Russell Tovey was announced. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello and opens officially on Thursday, April 9, at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street).
The Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? digital lottery offers $39 tickets and are available now via https://virginiawoolfonbroadway.com.
The lottery will be available for all performances and winners will be notified within minutes of the drawing. Winners will have 60 minutes to pay for tickets online with a credit card. Tickets can be picked up at the Booth Theatre box office (222 West 45th Street) 30 minutes prior to showtime. Photo ID is required for pickup. Seat locations and number of tickets awarded by the lottery are subject to availability and may be partial view.
Tickets to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? are also available at www.telecharge.com, by calling 800 447 7400, or at the Booth Theatre box office.
With Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Ms. Metcalf will have the rare distinction of performing major starring roles on Broadway in five contiguous seasons, following Misery; A Doll’s House, Part 2; Three Tall Women; and Hillary and Clinton. Mr. Everett will be making a rare return to Broadway, his first in ten years, after a brilliant Broadway debut in Blithe Spirit, alongside Angela Lansbury and Christine Ebersole.
In 1962, when Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? stunned its very first Broadway audiences with its radical, provocative, and unflinching portrait of a marriage, Edward Albee instantly became the most important American playwright of his generation. The New York Times exclaimed that the new work “towers over the common run of contemporary plays.” At that season’s Tony Awards ceremony, the production racked up five wins, including Best Play and lead acting prizes for its two stars: Uta Hagen and Arthur Hill. Just four years later, the iconic film adaptation, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, made Academy Award history as the first film to be nominated in every single category it was eligible for (winning for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design). Nichols’ insistence that the film adhere to Albee’s heavy use of profanity created a legendary standoff between the studio and the MPAA. Even the Catholic Church weighed in via its censorship group, deeming it “morally unobjectionable for adults.” It ended up being the first film Warner Bros. ever released “for adults only,” meaning no one under the age of 18 could see the film without being accompanied by an adult. The film’s monumental success, in spite of the controversy, helped establish the modern film rating system, though it created a backlash that restricted creative freedom in Hollywood in its immediate aftermath. The film also cemented Albee’s masterpiece forever in the public consciousness. Next spring, a new company of theatrical powerhouses takes on this landmark drama, nearly sixty years after its legendary Broadway premiere.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is produced by Scott Rudin / Barry Diller / David Geffen.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will feature set design by three-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask, lighting design by nine-time Tony Award winner Jules Fisher & three-time Tony Award winner Peggy Eisenhauer, and costumes by Tony and Academy Award winner Ann Roth.
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