Sunday, September 18, 2016
Remembering Edward Albee 1928 - 2016
Playwright Edward Albee, who died Friday at age 88, received two Tony Awards for Best Play for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1963) and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2002) as well as a 2005 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. He also won three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama for A Delicate Balance (1967), Seascape (1975) and Three Tall Women (1994). He would have received a fourth Pulitzer Prize in 1963 for Virginia Woolf, but the award's advisory board objected to the play's perceived vulgarity and overruled his selection by the award's drama jury (no award was given that year).
Albee's other plays include The Zoo Story (1959), The Sandbox (1960), The Death of Bessie Smith (1960), Fam and Yam (1960), The American Dream (1961), Bartleby (1961), The Ballad of the Sad Café (1963), Tiny Alice (1964), Malcolm (1965), Everything in the Garden (1967), Box and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (1968), All Over (1971), Listening (1976), Counting the Ways (1976), The Lady from Dubuque (1980), Lolita (1981), The Man Who Had Three Arms (1982), Finding the Sun (1983), Walking (1984), Envy (1985), Marriage Play (1987), The Lorca Play (1992), Fragments (1993), The Play About the Baby (1998), Occupant (2001), Knock! Knock! Who's There!? (2003), Peter & Jerry (2004) - which was retitled in 2009 as At Home at the Zoo - and Me, Myself and I (2008).
He also replaced Abe Burrows as the book writer of the 1966 musical, Breakfast at Tiffany's, during its pre-Broadway tryout (the show later closed after only four Broadway previews).
Although Albee was openly gay, he once said: "A writer who happens to be gay or lesbian must be able to transcend self. I am not a gay writer. I am a writer who happens to be gay."
Below you can watch him in three interviews on About the Arts (1978), Spotlight (1989) and In the Life (2008) with Kathleen Turner.