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Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb
[SHOW CANCELED] WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
by E. Albee
Directed by: Borna Baletić, prof.
Director’s assistant: Marija Škaričić, prof.
Costumes: Ana Trišler (MA student)
Lights: Vesna Kolarec (student)
Production: Mario Gigović (student / student)
Cast: Tihana Lazović, Ivan Grčić, Hrvojka Begović, Adrian Pezdirc

The play involves the two couples playing „games”, which are savage verbal attacks against one or two of the others at the party. These games are referred to with sarcastically alliterative names: „Humiliate the Host”, „Get the Guests”, „Hump the Hostess” and „Bringing Up Baby”. In the play, George and Martha invite a new professor and his wife to their house after a party. Martha is the daughter of the president of the college (believed to be based on Trinity College, Connecticut) where George is an associate professor of history. Nick (who is never addressed or introduced by name) is a biology professor (who Martha thinks teaches math), and Honey is his mousy, brandy-abusing wife. Once at home, Martha and George continue drinking and engage in relentless, scathing verbal and sometimes physical abuse in front of Nick and Honey. The younger couple are simultaneously fascinated and embarrassed. They stay even though the abuse turns periodically towards them as well. The play's title, which alludes to the English novelist Virginia Woolf, is also a reference to the song „Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” from Walt Disney's animated version of The Three Little Pigs. The play was set as a part of classes at Academy of Dramatic Arts. The production period included the research of Albee’s theatre work and research of the 1970’s theatre. Parallel to that, the director wanted to match the modern theatre approach to acting students. The final result was amazing – Academy’s students and professors were impressed by the work, so the work continued to play at Academy’s stage. Because of the great interest of public, the play had the live transmission at the Academy’s website and at the Croatian Student Television.

Performance presented in Croatian with English translation.

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