Steppenwolf Theatre's announcement late Tuesday that its production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" will transfer to Broadway next year comes as no surprise to anyone who saw Pam MacKinnon's superb 2010 revival starring Steppenwolf ensemble members Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.
Under MacKinnon's sharp-eyed direction, Letts and Morton humanize George and Martha, the embattled spouses around whom Edward Albee centers his landmark love story. The tale unfolds over the course of a booze-fueled evening marked by confrontations and confessions and witnessed by the dysfunctional duo's equally troubled counterparts, Nick and Honey, played by Madison Dirks and Carrie Coon.
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Following its Chicago run, Steppenwolf's production transferred to the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., where it closed earlier this month.
All four cast members will reprise their roles for the production, scheduled to open on Oct. 13, 2012, 50 years to the day that Albee's play made its Broadway debut. Steppenwolf's original creative team of set designer Todd Rosenthal, costume designer Nan Cibula-Jenkins, lighting designer Allen Lee Hughes and sound designers Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen will reunite for the remount.