Legendary Playwright Edward Albee to Speak at Friday Common Hour

Story posted September 23, 2008

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Edward Albee.

Legendary three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Edward Albee will speak at Common Hour at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 26, 2008, in Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater.

Albee will give a talk titled "The State of Theater and the Arts in America."

Common Hour talks are open to all Bowdoin students, faculty and staff. It is not open to the public. Tickets are required.

Called "the greatest living playwright" by The New Yorker, Edward Albee is lauded as "one of the eternal innovators" in American drama, challenging his audiences with stories that express the bone-simple, shattering truth of the human experience.

Albee burst onto the American theatrical scene in the late 1950s with a variety of plays that detailed the agonies and disillusionment of that decade and the transition from the placid Eisenhower years to the turbulent 1960s. He was unanimously hailed as the successor to Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O'Neill.

Albee's plays, with their intensity, their grappling with modern themes, and their experiments in form, startled critics and audiences alike while changing the landscape of American drama. His short work The Zoo Story, together with 1962's full-length Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and 1966's A Delicate Balance, created the mold for American drama for the second half of the 20th century.

Common Hour events are held every other Friday of the term at 12:30 p.m. Class and meeting schedules are altered so that students, faculty, and staff may attend.

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