New Year to Begin With Fireworks as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Comes to Kelsey Theatre Jan. 9-18


12/8/08


Prepare for the fireworks. George and Martha are set for battle as PinnWorth Productions presents "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre. The Edward Albee classic starts off Kelsey's new year with a bang on Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Jan. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Jan. 9. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Set on the campus of a small New England university, the play introduces George and Martha, one of the most unhappily married couples ever depicted on stage, as the pair returns home from a party at her father's house. Despite the late hour, they are expecting post-party guests - Nick, a new, young faculty member, and his wife Honey.

Cast members, from left, Ruth Markoe, Danny Siegel, Ashley Stuart, seated, and John Shaken Kaye.

Soon Nick and Honey become pawns in a nasty chess game, as George and Martha's efforts to humiliate each other become increasingly shrill and degrading. By the third act, Nick and Honey have reluctantly joined in the fray, revealing some embarrassing secrets of their own. As dawn breaks, all four are left reeling - along with members of the audience.

Starring in the upcoming production at Kelsey Theatre are John Shaken Kaye as George, Ruth Markoe as Martha, Danny Siegel as Nick, and Ashley Stuart as Honey. The show is directed by Lou Stalsworth.

Asked why he selected this play, Stalsworth's response came easily. "It is simply the finest American play. Period. No time qualifiers required. No explanations. Its dialogue, its honesty; the compelling examination of a marriage held together by emotional spit-and-glue makes it a show any director can throw himself into," he said.

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" was first performed in New York in 1962, where it captured the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Tony Award for the 1962-63 season.The 1966 film version featured Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, with George Segal and Sandy Dennis playing the hapless younger couple.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events for the 2008-09 season, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

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