The premiere of the play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf”, with Rade Šerbedžija in the lead role (co-production of the Belgrade Drama Theatre and the Ulysses Theatre) is scheduled for July 29th at the Minor Fortress on the small island of the Brijuni archipelago.
The play, directed by Lenka Udovički, will be performed seven times during the tourist season in Brijuni until the end of August.
In addition to Rade Šerbedžija, who will perform the role of George, other actors in the play include Katarina Bistrović Darvaš, Milan Marić alternating with Ljubomir Bulajić and Martin Grđan, and Nika Ivančić alternating with Romina Tonković.
Apart from the play’s director Lenka Udovički, the team also includes playwright Željka Udovičić Pleština, set designer Stefano Katunar, costume designer Bjanka Adžić Ursulov and composer Nigel Osborne.
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?”, written by Edward Albee, was first staged in 1962. It examines the complexities of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George. Late one evening, after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests, and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship.
The play is in three acts, normally taking a little less than three hours to perform, with two 10-minute intermissions. The title is a pun on the song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” from Walt Disney’s Three Little Pigs (1933), substituting the name of the celebrated English author Virginia Woolf. Martha and George repeatedly sing this version of the song throughout the play.
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” will have a premiere in Belgrade in mid-October, after which it will be included in the autumn repertoire of the Belgrade Drama Theatre. This will be Rade Šerbedžija’s first theatre performance after a ten-year hiatus.
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