Edward Albee to Speak at 2003 Commencement

February 28, 2003

Playwright Edward Albee, the author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and recent Tony Winner The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? will speak to SVA’s MFA and BFA graduating class, May 12 at Avery Fisher Hall. Mr. Albee, one of the most heralded dramatists of the 20th century, is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes (1966, 1975, and 1994) and two Tony Awards (1962 and 2002). He is a Kennedy Center Honoree and in 1997 President Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts. Mr. Albee has been lauded as one of the eternal innovators in American drama. He is perhaps best known for his first full-length drama, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962), widely considered a classic of contemporary theater. His first successful play, The Zoo Story (1959), effectively gave birth to American absurdist drama and he was hailed as the leader of a new theatrical movement. In his lectures, Mr. Albee describes the power of the arts as a catalyst for change. He believes that art should be dangerous, that it should reveal all of our shortcomings and complacency, hopefully inspiring us to live our lives more fully. To learn more about Mr. Albee, click here . . . more.

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