Tributes Set For Edward Albee, Circle Repertory Company

Jeremy Gerard
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Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? playwright Edward Albee will be remembered December 6 beginning at 1 PM at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street), according to a group of Albee’s friends and associates who are organizing the memorial. Albee died at age 88 on September 16.

A limited number of seats will be available to the general public, on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 12:30 PM.

Albee wrote more than 30 plays, including The Zoo Story; The American Dream; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony Award); Tiny Alice; A Delicate Balance (Pulitzer Prize);  Seascape (Pulitzer Prize); Three Tall Women (Pulitzer Prize); The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Tony); and Me, Myself and I. He was a member of the Dramatist Guild Council and president of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. Albee was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1980 and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005 he was awarded a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 

On November 15th at 1 P.M., a plaque commemorating Circle Repertory Company will be unveiled in Sheridan Square, the site of that influential group’s home from 1974 through 1994. Circle Rep ranked among the most  prolific and influential theaters of its era and was noted for the enduring collaboration of two of its founders, director Marshall W. Mason and playwright Lanford Wilson. That  extraordinary body of work, mostly in a style dubbed “lyric realism,” includes Hot l Baltimore, Fifth Of July, Balm In Gilead and Talley’s Folly. Wilson died March 24, 2011.

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