About Edward Albee


About the Author


Edward Albee was born in New York on March 16, 1928 and placed for adoption two weeks later. His adoptive parents were wealthy and socially prominent and, in hopes of shaping the boy into the corporate ideal appropriate to the society of Westchester County, sent young Edward off to a series of private schools. Although his tenure at most of the schools was brief and unsatisfactory to both him and the schools, he had already written and published nine poems, several short stories and essays, and a novel by the time he was 18 years old. However, his desire for a life in theater was not compatible with his parents’ aspirations for a corporate career and, at 18, he left home for good.

In a 1991 New York Times interview, Mr. Albee said that although he published a handful of poems, he gave that up when he was 26; “I knew I was a writer and had failed basically at all other branches of writing, but I was still a writer. So I did the only thing I had not done. I wrote a play. It was called The Zoo Story.” The Zoo Story, written in 1958, was quickly followed by perhaps his most iconic play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in 1961. After a string of successes in the 1960s and early 1970s, Mr. Albee returned to prominence in 1991 with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women. He died in 2016, recognized as one of the foremost playwrights of his generation. Please join us on May 12-22 for Peace Mountain Theatre Company's production of electrifying drama.


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