Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Reading Group

Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was written in 1962 and caused a storm of controversy upon its release. This reading group will meet once a week and attempt to read, understand, and ultimately adapt into film Albee's original masterpiece. If you are interested in participating in any capacity, read on for details!

Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was written in 1962 and caused a storm of controversy upon its release.  After being selected to win the Pulitzer Prize of 1963, the decision was vetoed due to the play's controversy nature, and the play never received the prize.  One of the first pieces of literature to criticize the shallowness of the 1950s suburban American Dream, this black comedy toys with the idea of performance as an escape from reality and truth.  Written for four people, the play follows the interactions of two couples over the course of a harrowing night that eventually strips away the facades they have been maintaining both for each other and for themselves.

This reading group will meet once a week and attempt to read, understand, and ultimately adapt into film Albee's original masterpiece.  If you are interested in participating in any capacity (acting, discussing, writing, filming, etc.), please email arussell@haverford.edu the following information:

  1. Name/class year/major
  2. Why are you interested in joining this reading group and how do you think you could contribute to it?

Organized by Anna Russell & Joe Seiler

Sponsored by the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center haverford.edu/hhc