This edition: Tribute to Edward AlbeeTweet
Original tape date: October 28, 2016.
First aired: December 3, 2016.
Playwright Terrence McNally, actress Mercedes Ruehl, and Jakob Holder, Executive Director of The Edward F. Albee Foundation, discuss the legacy of their friend, Edward Albee, one of the most important American playwrights of the modern era.
McNally and Albee met in 1960 after Albee's "The Zoo Story" had premiered Off-Broadway. They had a passionate relationship for five years which broke up dramatically, but their friendship mended over the years.
Ruehl starred on Broadway in 2002 in Edward Albee's "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?" for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress. She also appeared in other productions of key Albee plays, including "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Holder met Albee as a student playwright and was Albee's personal assistant during the playwright's later years before his death on September 16, 2016 at the age of 88.
The trio appears on our program as they prepare to participate in Broadway's tribute to Albee on December 6 at The August Wilson Theatre.
Jakob Holder Executive Director, The Edward F. Albee Foundation
Terrence McNally Playwright
Mercedes Ruehl Actress