A Tribute to the late EDWARD ALBEE with TERRENCE McNALLY (1938-2020) • Two Giants of Playwriting

On March 24, 2020 by Theater Talk Web

Playwright Terrence McNally, master actress Mercedes Ruehl, and Jakob Holder (Executive Director of The Edward F. Albee Foundation) on Theater Talk, discussing the legacy of their friend Edward Albee, one of the most important American playwrights of the modern era. The trio appeared on our program as they prepare to participate in Broadway’s tribute to Albee on December 6 at The August Wilson Theatre.

The brilliant Terrence McNally, also one of our most American playwrights, died of Coronavirus on March 24, 2020.

McNally and Albee met in 1960 after Albee’s The Zoo Story had premiered Off-Broadway. They had a passionate relationship for five years, which broke up dramatically. Eventually, their friendship mended and continued until Albee’s death.

Ruehl starred on Broadway in 2002 in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress. She also appeared in other productions of key Albee plays, including “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Holder met Albee as a student playwright and was Albee’s personal assistant during the playwright’s later years before his death on September 16, 2016 at the age of 88.

Original tape date: October 28, 2016.

First aired: December 3, 2016.

One Response to “A Tribute to the late EDWARD ALBEE with TERRENCE McNALLY (1938-2020) • Two Giants of Playwriting”

  • Ewald F R Kroon

    Thank you Michael Riedel & Susan Haskins for Theater Talk.
    I enjoyed your discussion of Edward Albee. I met your guest Terrence McNally twice briefly in Toronto 20 years ago while he was working on Ragtime.
    It struck me that Mercedes Ruehl looks a lot like Susan Sontag. Indeed Mercedes resembles Sontag’s intelligence, beauty and strength.
    Mercedes Ruehl could do a one woman show about Susan Sontag. Please tell her for me.
    Thank you both. I look forward to your program every week.
    Ewald Kroon, Toronto

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