Celebrated Playwright Edward Albee to Speak at NSU

Edward Albee
Edward Albee, called "America's greatest living playwright," will speak at NSU on April 4, 2013.

As part of its Distinguished Speakers Series, the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences will welcome to campus Edward Albee, called “America’s greatest living playwright” by the American Theater Wing. The talk is hosted by the college’s Division of Performing and Visual Arts.

“An Evening with Edward Albee” | Distinguished Speakers Series

Thursday, Apr. 4
7:00 p.m.
Miniaci Performing Arts Center

Albee’s career spans five decades, defining modern American theatre with provocative, controversial, and successful plays. He is perhaps best known for the 1962 drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a recipient of both the Tony and New York Drama Critics Circle awards.

The playwright’s work explores intimate aspects of society. Albee’s first play, The Zoo Story, opened in 1959 and tells the story of a drifter who acts out his own murder with the unwitting aid of an upper-middle-class editor. The play is said to mark the beginning of the American absurdist movement in theatrical drama.

Albee has earned three Pulitzer Prizes for his plays: A Delicate Balance in 1967, Seascape in 1975, and Three Tall Women in 1994. He is also the recipient of multiple lifetime-achievement awards, including the Tony Award, Edward MacDowell Medal, and Pioneer Award.

According to Albee, art should be dangerous and should reveal human shortcomings and complacency—inspiring us to live more fully. To that end, his talk at NSU will explore this year’s academic theme of “Life and Death.”


This Distinguished Speakers Series event is free to attend, but tickets are required.


Monday, Mar. 18: Tickets become available for Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences students, faculty, and staff members.

Monday, Mar. 25: Tickets become available for NSU students, faculty, and staff members.

Pick up tickets in the college’s Office of the Dean, located in the Mailman-Hollywood Building, second floor. Limit two (2) tickets per person. An NSU ID is required to obtain tickets. For more information, call (954) 262-8236.

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