It is the middle of a Saturday night in New Carthage. On stage, the silence of the darkened suburban living room is shattered by the entrance of a drunken, middle-aged couple. Martha and George are returning from her father’s party. Martha’s father is president of the university where George is a professor of history. The relationship between George and Martha is quickly revealed to be simultaneously cantankerous, playful, and brutal. The braying Martha informs her husband that she has invited a young couple from the party over for a nightcap. She explains that her father requested that she and George be nice to the new professor and his wife. Martha sings, “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?” as George protests about their impending visitors.
By: Edward Albee