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Sydney Festival: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
15 January @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm AEDT
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When Edward Albee’s corrosive psychodrama premiered in New York in 1962, it shook audiences and became an instant classic. Set on a 1960s American college campus, academic couple George and Martha invite new colleagues Nick and Honey for a drink, then play mind games with them. Director Margaret Harvey has updated the play to Australia today and cast Jimi Bani, Susan Prior, Rashidi Edward and Juanita Navas-Nguyen. “Sure, Albee never necessarily wrote the script with race in mind, but he was commenting on the state of the US, so just by casting it cross racially, we are exploring the deeper levels of the text, revealing race-power relations,” Harvey told Limelight. The production, postponed from last year, plays at Sydney Festival before seasons in Adelaide and Brisbane.
Limelight Editor’s Choice
Edward Albee’s booze-fuelled cage fight between some of the most complex anti-heroes in the theatrical canon is the stuff of theatre legend. Now acclaimed First Nations director and actor Margaret Harvey (Black Medea, RAN: Remote Area Nurse) pulls the rug out from under a whole new generation of viewers with a modern, race-conscious and revealingly Australian interrogation of this dinner-dive into illusion, identity and desire
Academic couple George and Martha have invited their new colleagues, Nick and Honey, over for a friendly drink. As the alcohol flows, the conversation darkens, and the mood sours. Edward Albee’s scalding portrait of 1960s America erupted onto the Broadway stage in 1962 and burned up the big screen in 1966 with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, captivating audiences ever since.
Central to Harvey’s vision is her brilliantly disruptive choice of actors: Wagadagam man and star of the ABC’s Mabo Jimi Bani is George; screen and stage star Susan Prior is the vitriolic Martha; Juanita Navas-Nguyen and Rashidi Edward are Honey and Nick. State Theatre Company South Australia presents an American classic for an Australia at the crossroads.
What’s to be scared of?