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CT College celebrates 50th anniversary of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

Posted By: Karen L

Published 11/29/2012 12:00 AM
Updated 11/29/2012 10:00 AM

Connecticut College’s Department of Psychology, Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society and Residential Education Fellows Program will sponsor “Truth & Illusion: Edward Albee's ‘Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’” – a four-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of Edward Albee's controversial play.

Set on a small New England college campus, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” depicts the drunken verbal combat of history professor George and his wife, Martha, who is the daughter of the college president. A new faculty member and his wife are caught in the crossfire, and the play's shocking final revelation has mystified audiences for half a century.

As part of “Truth & Illusion,” the 1966 film adaptation will be screened on three consecutive nights and each screening will be hosted by a different Connecticut College professor with a different perspective on the film. Associate Professor of Philosophy Kristin Pfefferkorn will host the first screening on Sunday, Dec. 2; Associate Professor of Psychology Jason Nier will host the second screening on Monday, Dec. 3; and Assistant Professor of Film Studies Ross Morin will host the final screening on Tuesday, Dec. 4. All screenings take place at 7 p.m. in Silfen Auditorium in Bill Hall and will feature free soda and popcorn.

The celebration will culminate on Wednesday, Dec. 5, with a panel discussion featuring Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Nancy Hoffman; Associate Professor of Theater David Jaffe; Jefferson Singer, the Faulk Foundation Professor in the Department of Psychology; and Stuart Vyse, the Joanne Toor Cummings '50 Professor of Psychology. They’ll be joined by Anne Morgan, literary manager of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, to discuss the lasting appeal of this play, its history and future as a work of art. The discussion is at 8 p.m. in the 1941 Room of the College Center at Crozier-Williams.

“For half a century, this compelling, deeply psychological drama has shocked and challenged audiences,” said Vyse. “We hope to introduce ‘Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ to a new generation of viewers and to inspire a new appreciation in those who are already familiar with the play."

About Connecticut College

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college’s 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning. For more information, visit www.connecticutcollege.edu.

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