Wednesdays 1.15 - 4.15
26 April ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ DVD (Edward Albee)
Described as a ‘dark comedy’ the play is a statement about marriage, moral confusion and cruelty in contemporary America. This workshop will include an introduction to the life and seminal work of three times Pulitzer prize winner Albee, who died last year at the age of 88. Sometimes dwarfed by the likes of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee is undoubtedly one of the foremost playwrights of the modern era. ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ was his first commercial success and remains one of his best known plays.
10 May ‘On the Waterfront’ DVD (dir. Elia Kazan)
Billed loosely as a crime drama, the movie shares many themes with Miller’s ‘A View from the Bridge’ (with Miller writing the original unproduced screenplay!). Set in the dock area of Hoboken NJ, and based on conflicting family values leading to betrayal, ‘Waterfront’ provided the perfect vehicle for Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger to showcase their respective acting talents based on the famous ‘method’ system.
24 May ‘A View from the Bridge’ DVD (Arthur Miller)
Miller’s play is built around the theme of what happens when private desires come into conflict with the moral demands of the community. The community in this case being the longshoremen/waterfront dockers of Brooklyn. Originally conceived as a verse drama, the play went on to become one of Miller’s best known and frequently produced works.