May 16 2014
When we made our decades inserts for our 50th Anniversary season, we asked Associate Artistic Director Braden Abraham to recount his fondest, funniest, and most disastrous memories of the Rep. In the third category he shared a story about an encounter with playwright Edward Albee. With Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? closing this weekend, we thought we’d share it again with you all:
When Edward Albee was in town for The Lady from Dubuque, we set up a special pre-show event for him and [then Artistic Director and show director] David Esbjornson to discuss the play and all things Edward Albee. About an hour and a half before the event, David casually walked by my desk and asked me to come up with a few questions to ask him and Edward. I said, “No problem,” but of course I panicked, thinking, “What the hell do you ask Edward Albee?” I hurriedly made a list of questions and brought them over to Ten Mercer for Edward to review while they were having dinner. While I stood there next to the table, likely sweating, Edward looked them over carefully and handed them back to me. “Those will be fine,” he said without expression. After dinner, David asked me to host the interview, and the three of us settled into our chairs on the Leo K stage. I asked Edward the first question on my list, to which he replied, “now, why would you ask me a question like that?” The audience burst into laughter, I turned beet red. Edward looked at me impishly…I guess there are worse things in the world than being publicly humiliated by Edward Albee.
To read more of Braden’s memories at the Rep, visit Decades Insert Five.