B'way dims its lights in memory of Edward Albee tonight

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

In accordance with The Broadway League, the Broadway theatres will dim their marquee lights tonight in memory of Edward Albee, three-time Tony Award and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, producer, and director.

President Charlotte St. Martin commented:

"Edward Albee was one of our most influential and most honored American playwrights and a master of words, with nearly 30 plays on Broadway. The outpouring of accolades and personal memories being shared since his death are a tribute to a dramatist who deeply affected audiences and inspired so many fellow writers with his brilliant dialogue and indelible characters. An original voice, Albee created some of the most complex and compelling works presented on stage in the past six decades. In recent years Broadway audiences have been fortunate to see new expressions of his work through notable revivals of his most treasured dramas. Albee will be missed by those who knew him and all who were influenced by him; but his iconic works will continue to challenge and entertain audiences whenever they are presented on Broadway and beyond."
Mr. Albee was born in Washington D.C. on 12 March 1928 and passed away on 16 September 2016 in Montauk, New York, at the age of 88. The lights will be dimmed at exactly 7:45pm tonight for one minute.

Edward Albee received Tony Awards for his Broadway playwriting debut with 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' in 1963, and again for 'The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?' in 2002 and was honoured with a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005. He was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 'A Delicate Balance' in 1967 (which also earned a Tony nomination), again in 1975 for 'Seascape' (likewise earning another Tony nomination) and finally for 'Three Tall Women' in 1994. He also earned Pulitzer nominations for 'The Play About the Baby' in 2001 and 'The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?' in 2003. His other Tony nominated plays include 'The Ballad of the Sad Cafe' (1964) and 'Tiny Alice' (1965).

- by Tom Millward

Edward Albee 1928 - 2016

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