Saturday, May 08, 2004
Program Notes, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
The Passion Players are proud to present Edward Albee's searing modern drama, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Christina Axson-Flynn, whose case against the University of Utah drama department for religious discrimination is currently being litigated, plays Martha.
Ms Axson-Flynn, wrote the New York Times recently (Saturday, May 8), "says she was forced out of [the] theater program at the University of Utah because she would not read from a script with profanity. ... Ms. Axson-Flynn maintains that before being accepted to the audition-only program and in class she told instructors she would not take the name of God or Christ in vain, 'use a four-letter expletive that begins with the letter F,' or perform in the nude. When first confronted with scripted words she found offensive, she changed them without notice..."
Tonight's performance of the play includes textual emendations by Ms. Axson-Flynn. Examples may be found below.
ACT ONE: Fun and Games
Martha: ...H. Cricket....
George: For Pete's sake, Martha, it's two o'clock in the ...
Martha: Oh, George! ... We've got guests coming over.
George: Goodness me, Martha... do you know what time it...
Martha: Ha, ha, ha HA! Make me another drink...husband.
George: Gosh, you can swill it down, can't you.
Martha: I'm firsty.
ACT TWO: Walpurgisnacht
Martha: And you want to know the clincher? You want to know what big brave Georgie said to Daddy?
George: NO! NO! NO! NO!
Nick: Wait a minute now....
Martha: Georgie said...but Daddy...I mean... ha,ha,ha,ha ....but Sir, it isn't a novel at all... (Other voice) Not a novel? (Mimicking George's voice) No, sir...it isn't a novel at all...
George: (Advancing on her) You will not say this!
Martha: The heck I won't. Keep away from me, you naughty fellow! (Uses George's voice again) No, Sir, this isn't a novel at all... this is the truth... this really happened...TO ME!
George: I'LL KILL YOU! YOU LESS THAN GODLY WOMAN!
ACT THREE: The Exorcism
Nick: I think I understand this.
George: Do you?
Nick: Well, goodness gracious, I think I understand this.
George: Good for you, buster.
Nick: GOODNESS GRACIOUS I THINK I UNDERSTAND THIS!