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Three Tall Women

Three Tall Women
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Edward Albee
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 57
Pub. Date: 1994
ISBN-10: 0822214202
ISBN-13: 9780822214205
Cast Size: 3 women, 1 man

About the Play:

Winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Best Play awards for 1994.

Three Tall Women is a full-length drama by Edward Albee. As an imperious, acerbic old woman lies dying, she is tended by two other women and visited by a young man. Widely acknowledged as the outstanding piece amongst Edward Albee's later work, Three Tall Women is a kaleidoscopic view of one woman's life, which, in 1994, won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Play, as well as a handful of other prestigious awards.

Three Tall Women is a masterwork of modern theatre. In Act One, we are introduced to a trio of women named "A", "B", and "C", respectively aged 91, 52 and 26. A young lawyer, known only as "C," has been sent to the home of a client, a ninety-one-year-old woman, "A," to sort out her finances. "A," frail, perhaps a bit senile, resists and is of no help to "C." Along with "B," the old woman's middle-aged personal support worker, "C" tries to convince "A" that she must concentrate on the matters at hand. In "A's" beautifully appointed bedroom, she prods, discusses and bickers with "B" and "C," her captives. "A's" long life is laid out for display, no holds barred. She cascades from regal and charming to vicious and wretched as she wonders about and remembers her life: her husband and their cold, passionless marriage; her son and their estrangement. How did she become this? Who is she? Finally, when recounting her most painful memory, she suffers a stroke. In Act Two, "A's" comatose body lies in bed as "B" and "C" observe no changes in her condition. In a startling coup-de-theatre, "A" enters, very much alive and quite lucid. The three women are now the stages of "A's" life: the imperious old woman, the regal matron and the young woman of twenty-six. Her life, memories and reminiscences – pondered in the first act – are now unceremoniously examined, questioned, accepted or not, but, at last, understood. In the end, her son arrives and kneels at her bedside, but it is too late.

Three Tall Women premiered in 1991 in Austria, under the author's direction, at Vienna's English Theatre. It premiered Off-Broadway in 1994 at Vineyard Theatre and transferred to Broadway at the Promenade Theatre. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and received the New York Drama Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Play. It has been performed in regional repertory, high school, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 3 female, 1 male

What people say:

"One of America's finest playwrights. Edward Albee offers a new play so good it can only exist on the stage. A perfect illustration of why theater is an indispensable art." — The New York Times

"An extraordinarily brilliant new play. Three Tall Women is the best, most forceful play [Albee] has given us…To be truthful about death is admirable, but to be elegant at the same time is almost Mozartian." — New York Post

"Beautiful and enduring. Three Tall Women has earned Albee his third, and most deserved, Pulitzer Prize." — The New Yorker

"A dazzler…Worthy of mention in the same breath as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Delicate Balance. Three Tall Women blazes as bright as a midsummer day. Electrifying and heartrending, each of Albee's women is memorable…." — Wall Street Journal

"Stunning … a masterpiece." — Time Magizine

"A powerful and moving work, his most emotionally affecting play since Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf? … A memorable trinity of women … a passionate encounter with mortality." — Newsweek

"Fine and authentic … Three Tall Women restores, or confirms, Edward Albee as one of America's leading playwrights." — New York Observer

About the Playwright:

Edward Albee (1928-2016) was an American playwright. Widely considered the foremost American dramatist of his generation, he wrote and directed some of the best plays in contemporary American theatre. Three of his plays have received Pulitzer Prizes, and two won a Tony Award for best play. He was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 he received both the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005 he was awarded the special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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