FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Boiler Room Theatre opens its production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Friday. The show runs through Sept. 15 at BRT’s home in the historic Factory at Franklin (230 Franklin Rd., Bldg. Six).
Edward Albee’s masterful dark comedy shocked audiences with its brutally honest characters and powerful dialogue in its 1962 Broadway premiere. Set in a college town, the play (which was later adapted into a now-classic 1966 film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor) involves history professor George and his wife, Martha, who have invited new professor Nick and his wife, Honey, to their home one evening after a faculty party. George and Martha engage in increasingly vicious verbal sparring in front of Nick and Honey, pulling the unsuspecting younger couple into the hostility and games leaving them and the audience unable to discern “truth or illusion.”
Jayme Smith directs; like many in the American theater scene she has developed a deep appreciation for the script’s language, precision, and length as it reveals the depth of human relationships. Smith focuses on the play’s razor-sharp comedy, but in the end says the show is an unashamed picture of the masks and games that rule relationships. “At its core, it is an amazing love story,” she says. “Yet the most startling part of the play is recognizing the bits of George and Martha in our own lives.”
Boiler Room Theatre Artistic Director Jamey Green and Trish Crist face off as George and Martha, the dysfunctional couple at the center of Albee’s provocative masterpiece. Tyler Jeffrey Adams is the young, handsome, All-American Nick with Nashville-area newcomer Corinne Bupp as his wife Honey.
Performances will be held every Friday and Saturday evening during the run at 8 p.m. Unlike other BRT productions, the Tuesday and Thursday shows will begin at 7pm. There will also be a discount Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on Sept. 8 and a “Thrifty Thursday” show at 7 p.m. on August 29. Regular ticket prices are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors (age 60 and up) and students (age 13 through college with valid ID), and $21 for children ages 3 through 12 (though it should be noted this show has mature themes and language). Matinee prices are $2 less respectively. Thrifty Thursday prices are $17 each. All Tuesday shows are two-for-one ($27 for two tickets; no other discounts apply). Tickets may be purchased by calling the Boiler Room Theatre at (615) 794-7744 or ordered online at www.boilerroomtheatre.com.
Following Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? the 2013 Season will continue with The Producers, the Pressure Cooker Winner City of Light, and Scrooge the Musical. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the BRT Box Office.
*Photo of Jamey Green and Trish Crist by Rick Malkin courtesy Rick Malkin Photography and BRT.