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News Release

THEATRE OF THE SAIDYE BRONFMAN CENTRE presents
Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

January 29, 2004

The SBC Theatre Presents


Edward Albee’s
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Featuring Brenda Robins and Ric Reid
Directed by Michael Shamata
A co-production with Manitoba Theatre Centre

“If you existed, George, I’d divorce you.



Montreal, January 2004 – As part of the 5th annual Montreal High Lights Festival, American playwright Edward Albee’s legendary black comedy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, comes to the SBC Theatre from February 16-29. This co-production with MTC is on now, garnering both audience and critical acclaim.

Returning home from a night of drinking and carousing, George and his wife Martha enter into an all out war of words and wills. Soon a younger couple find themselves uncomfortably close to the front lines of this marital war zone. After a long night of brutal honesty and painful confrontation, both couples’ deepest secrets are laid bare and illusions nastily exposed.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? took Broadway by storm in 1962. It put Albee on the map and gave the theatre world one of its most memorable couples. Albee won both the Tony Award for Best Play & the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Woolf?. More than forty years after claiming Broadway’s top prize, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is as hard-hitting and funny as ever, leaving us no choice but to pay close attention. Albee continues to rail against complacent theatre.

Harold Hobson, of The Sunday Times, had this to say about its original London production: “…an intensity, a demonic misery, a ferocious humour, an ability to rend and tear and crucify to a degree unfamiliar in the English theatre…”
And from the current production:
“A brilliantly amusing battle.” Pat St. Germain, Winnipeg Sun,
“ …reveals everything you need to know about why Albee is so revered and worthy of being honoured.” Winnipeg Free Press
, Kevin Prokosh

Director Michael Shamata returns to the SBC Theatre following last season’s successful production of Visiting Mr. Green. Here he directs two stalwarts of the Canadian theatre scene in Brenda Robins and Ric Reid. Both bring a wealth of experience to this, their first production at the SBC Theatre. Credits include stints at Shaw, Stratford and theatres across Canada. Joining them on stage as their bewildered guests are Patricia Fagan and Allan Hawco.

Shamata leads a creative team that features Set & Costume Designer - John Ferguson, Lighting Designer - Steven Hawkins, Stage Manager - Margaret Brook, Assistant Stage - Manager Melanie St-Jacques and Apprentice Stage Manager - Amanda Corber.

Monday Night Talkbacks
Every Monday night following the play, some of the actors and/or designers will remain on stage to take questions from the audience. This is an opportunity for the audience to get up close and personal with the people that make it all happen. Combined with the new lower rates for this evening, Monday night performances have become an outstanding package that true theatre buffs cannot resist.

Schools Ours is the English theatre of choice for schools as over 4,000 young people from high schools, Cegeps and universities watch in awe as the words on the page come to life on the stage.

Tickets and Media Information:

Previews: February 16-18, 8pm
Opening Night: Thursday, February 19, 8pm

Run: February 17 to March 7

Performances:
Monday-Thursday, 8pm
Saturday, 8:30
Sunday, 7 pm
Matinées: Wednesdays, 1pm / Sundays, 2 pm

BOX OFFICE: (514) 739-7944
5170 Cote St. Catherine Rd.
www.saidyebronfman.org

Admission 790-1245 www.admission.com

The MEDIA CALL for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? will be held on Tuesday, February 17 @ 1pm. This is an occasion for camera footage, interviews and still photography. Please confirm by February 11.