This engaging examination of the life of one woman remains one of Albee’s most compelling and personal plays. Darkly comic, and told with unflinching precision, the play captures the same woman in the various stages of life: youth, middle age, and old age.
As the older woman’s life is laid out, she must examine her relationship with herself. How did she become who she is? How can any of us know who we are — or who we’re destined to become?
Albee is famous for writing fiercely strong female characters, and here he drew inspiration from his adoptive mother, described in his obituary: ‘as much a muse… as she was a monster’.
Written almost thirty years after arguably Albee’s most famous play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Three Tall Women won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Its recent Broadway revival also bagged a slew of trophies including Tony Awards for Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf.
Director Hugh Keegan says:
“This is Albee at his best. One woman’s journey through life from ambitious hope through steely resignation to acceptance, told with consummate theatrical construction and razor sharp dialogue.”
The People’s is excited to bring this startling and compelling psychodrama to North East audiences for the first time.
Three Tall Women is playing at the Studio Theatre of the People’s Theatre in Heaton from Tuesday 31May to Saturday 4 June. To support audience members who feel more comfortable in a less busy space, the run includes a reduced capacity performance on Tuesday 31st where mask-wearing is required.
Find out more and book your tickets at www.peoplestheatre.co.uk