Edward Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
- Director – huge reputation
- Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton made 11 films together
- Shot in Northampton, MA
- Martha is supposed to look older, but George does
- Originally Robert Redford was supposed to be Nick
- The use of the unconscious – what does unconscious mean? – Trauma
- We don’t know where trauma begins because we don’t know truth
- Big difference between the film and the play = previous marriage
o Why cut the ref. to marriage in the movie?
o 1 marriage important
o Performative – annulment – as if it never happened
- Martha’s whole life has been an illusion
- Marriage for Martha = business proposition for her father
- Play just on cusp of rebellion of 60’s, hippie 70’s
- Martha very smart – her & George = perfect match
o Their role metatheatrical – they’re performing in front of Nick and Honey, but
also an audience
- Albee experimenting with nonlinear structure
- Where is the truth behind any of this illusion?
o Role-playing and power fundamental to play
o Irony – talk AT each other – not really communicating
- People offended by Martha’s brazen sexuality
o WHY is she so angry?
o Stultified female intelligence
o How did she become the way she is?
- George and Martha Washington – mother and father of America
o Why call them George and Martha?
- Their son doesn’t exist
o Why did they invent a child?
o “WE” couldn’t have children – so they’ve made one up
o As long as there are two people, they can confirm each other’s illusions
o Thinking about the child of America being made up = disturbing
- What would it mean for a woman not to have a child at that time?
o Stigma a level of how damaged she is
o They’ve created a child through language that can be changed/destroyed
- Why set it at a university rather than a regular house, etc?
o University = leaders of tomorrow
o He teaches children/youth, but he’s a mess
- New Carthage – Carthage destroyed by Romans, & Dido was from Carthage
o History – violence
o History repeating itself
- WW2 upset gender balance - Finishing school – being “finished” – to be a good wife
- European directors dealing with ideas of absurdi