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In Memoriam
Edward Albee, 1928 - 2016

The Alley Theatre and the theater community mourn the loss of visionary playwright Edward Albee, who passed away at the age of 88 on Friday, September 16. The Alley Theatre will honor the theatre tradition of dimming the theatre lights prior to the evening performances on Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 p.m.

The Alley Theatre and Albee maintained a close bond since 1967. Albee is the most produced playwright at the Alley, next to Shakespeare. Albee directed many of his works at the Alley himself, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and the U.S. premieres of Marriage Play and The Play About the Baby.

Artist Reflections

"Edward was a supreme American artist, and one of the world's great playwrights.  The 20th century was transformed by his plays. He was also a great, great friend of Houston - and a major part of the Alley Theatre - an inspiration to all of us here for the work he shared with us, and with Alley audiences. His achievement as a playwright in the world theatre is incomparable, and he was also a teacher of genius and compassion, and a director of wonderful wit and sensitivity. He changed my life, and the life of countless audiences, theatre artists, students. We shall miss him, and always always love him."
- Gregory Boyd, Artistic Director

"He was a giant. Along with O’Neill, Williams, and Miller, Edward Albee was one of the defining voices of twentieth century American drama. And if you were lucky enough to work with him in the theater as an actor or sit in his classroom as an aspiring playwright, you quickly discovered that he was nothing like George or Martha. Beneath that legendary curmudgeonly dry demeanor, was your champion. Always supportive, always encouraging, always challenging. There 's great risk involved when meeting and working with a hero, but an even greater  reward when you do and said hero exceeds all expectations. And Edward exceeded all, many, many times over."
- James Black, Alley Resident Company Member

"In 2002 I had the phenomenal opportunity of working with Edward Albee at the Alley Theatre on his masterful play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. In my opinion, there can be no overstatement of the importance of that play. It is a masterpiece. Mr. Albee created characters and a story that have become part of the blueprint for American Theater. As we worked, he was full of stories and secrets about the text. I was so young, but I would remind myself daily never to take a second of rehearsal for granted. We often say that the magic of theater is that it is impermanent. It is not caught on film. You have to be there in the room when it happens to capture it and then when the lights come up it is gone. We are so lucky that Mr. Albee's writing can live on in the pages so he can always be with us."
- Elizabeth Bunch, Alley Resident Company Member
 

Edward Albee, Playwright of a Desperate Generation, Dies at 88
New York Times, September 16, 2016

Precision, Truth, a Loving Wink: Fellow Artists Remember Albee: Emily Mann, Bill Pullman, Will Eno, and Gregory Boyd recall a playwright they respected, occasionally feared, and deeply loved
American Theatre, September 22, 2016

Edward Albee Productions at the Alley Theatre
A Delicate Balance, 1967
Everything in the Garden, 1969
All Over, 1973
Tiny Alice, 1976
Death of Bessie Smith, 1986
Counting the Ways, 1986
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1990
Marriage Play, 1992
Three Tall Women, 1995
The Zoo Story, 1999
The American Dream, 1999
The Play About the Baby, 2000
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 2003
The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, 2003