Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Published by Dramatists Play Service
2 Male 2 Female
George, a professor at a small college, and his wife Martha have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party
Martha announces, amidst general profanity, that she has invited a young couple - an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naive new bride - to stop by for a nightcap
When they arrive the charade begins
The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt ...
It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George seems as if he couldn't care less
But underneath the edgy banter which is cross-fired between both couples lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair
George and Martha's inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness which they have pledged to keep to themselves - a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship
In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives
" ... a brilliant piece of writing" ~ NY Herald Tribune