Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Spring 2004

Project Description/Abstract

: This project represents the research, analysis, rehearsal, and performance of a major female role from a masterpiece of modern American theatre – Martha from Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? I have chosen this significant character to pursue my ongoing research into major female theatrical roles, not merely on the theoretical, but on the practical/performance level. That is, my interest lies in a comprehensive exploration of this character, particularly with respect to the “vision of mid twentieth century woman” created by this character, that can be achieved only through the creation of the role. Martha is often compared in scope to the role of Hamlet, and the significance of this character can be measured by viewing her as a modern-day Hedda Gabler. Additionally, performing at the high professional level demanded by this project would greatly enhance my skills as the main performance teacher in my program.

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