In a first-time collaboration between Bozeman Actors Theatre and the MSU Department of English, BAT presented a staged reading of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on November 4-5, 2016, at MSU's Black Box Theatre.
Over the course of three acts, the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George, disintegrates in front of their late-night guests, Nick and Honey, a young couple they have met earlier in the evening at a college faculty party. Each couple faces painful truths, and no one emerges unscathed. In our acclaimed production, Cara Wilder and Gordon Carpenter read the roles of Martha and George, while Steven Harris-Weiel and Susan Miller read Nick and Honey. Dee Dee Van Zyl directed.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won the Tony Award in 1963 for Best Play and has been revived on Broadway three times, most recently in 2012 with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton as George and Martha. The story may be best remembered from the 1966 film adaptation starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
In Fall 2016, the play figured prominently in a modern drama class taught at Montana State University by Dr. Gretchen Minton, professor of English. The staged reading helped students and the public experience the power of Albee's words more than 50 years after the play's Broadway premiere.