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McGann-Mercy: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

by Jenny Guo/McGann-Mercy Student Reporter on
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 4:58 PM

McGann-Mercy: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Three productions are presented every school year: a fall play, a winter play, and a spring play. This year’s list includes "You Can’t Take It With You" (December 2012), "Who’s Afraid Virginia Woolf?" (February 2013), and "Into the Woods" (April 2013). The director of each is a familiar face to many students at McGann-Mercy. Mr. Robert Kelly, aside from teaching, is in charge of our school’s theater company.

This Valentine’s Day, the McGann-Mercy Theater Company will be performing the drama "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" The play, written by Edward Albee, tells the story of two couples at an impromptu “after-party.” George, an associate professor in the history department of New Carthage University, and his wife Martha are returning home from a party at Martha’s father’s house. They have invited the new biology professor, Nick, and his wife Honey over their house. Throughout the night, George and Martha play a series of dangerous games. Many, if not all, of them are aimed to humiliate one another, much to the discomfort of their guests.

Unlike other plays, "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" only involves four cast members. The school’s rendition consists of senior Jamie Tuthill as George, senior Nicole Chiuchiolo as Martha, junior Patrick O’Brien as Nick, and junior Danielle Allen as Honey. When asked why he chose this drama, Mr. Kelly replied that he aimed for a challenging piece. The cast of "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" echoed his statement and added that while it was challenging, it was a very enjoyable experience for them as well. “I had fun,” said Jamie Tuthill. With such a small cast list, the four actors and actresses quickly bonded with one another. From an outside perspective, I would say that they acted very much like a family during the interview.

For those of you who are aspiring thespians, the pros at the McGann-Mercy Theater Company have a few tips for you. For each role, you should not only act like the character, you should think like them too. You should become the character. “You can’t just turn it on on-stage,” said Patrick O’Brien. Before each performance, he also said that he gets into his acting mode backstage.

"Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" will be running from March 7 until March 9 at 7:30 pm each night. The play is almost three hours long, including two intermissions. Tickets will cost $8.00. Children are not recommended to attend as the play explores dark themes. A member of the theater company shared with me that one of the characters is going to be choked by another during one of the acts.


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