Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Premiére date25 Oct. 2018
Produced byThe Theatre of Cruelty
Based onWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
LanguageNorwegian
ExpressionsTheatre, Drama
Running period25 Oct. 2018  
Durationca. 3 timer og 30 minutter
WebsiteGRUSOMHETENS TEATER

About Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2018) is a theatre production by The Theatre of Cruelty, based on the play by Edward Albee. The opening took place in the theatre's facilities in Oslo.

Lars Øyno directed it.

Hanne Dieserud played the role of Martha. 

Miguel Steinsland played the role of George.

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At the webpage of The Theatre of Cruelty the following, among other things, is written about Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?:

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? has, as all works of artistic value, its hidden and undefined depths. Everything indicates a realistic presentation of Edward Albee's drama, but with the underlying tradition of the ensemble, inspired by Antonin Artaud's theories and Jerzy Grotowski's technique, a combination of two theatrical realities is made possible.

In the play we meet a middle-aged couple, Martha and George, who have invited a young couple, Nick and Honey, to an afterparty. As the drunken night approaches morning, existential human pain comes to light, in form of a game of truth and lies. Prior to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee had written six plays, but he didn't achieve the same success with these, nor with his later works, as with the story of Martha and George. Today, it is a classic.

The world premiere took place October 13 1962 at Billy Rose Theatre in New York. In 1976, as a kind of afterthought, critic Clive Barnes wrote: ' Perhaps the play was overpraised at the time - indeed it was - and Mr. Albee has written better plays since. But he has never quite equalled the verismatic savagery of this play.' And apropos of 1976: The play was also performed at The National Stage in Bergen that year, in a production directed by Stein Winge, and with our stage designer, John-Kristian Alsaker, in the position of stage designer also then."

SOURCES:

Import from the Scenekunst.no list of openings 03.09.2018

The Theatre of Cruelty, www.grusomhetensteater.no, 25.10.18, http://www.grusomhetensteater.no/portfolio_page/virginia-wolf/

The Theatre of Cruelty on Instagram, www.instagram.com, 03.09.2018, https://www.instagram.com/p/BjSjBmgBCdb/