American Classic WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Comes to Steel River Playhouse

by Patricia Bradford

We’ve all been there. At the end of a long evening, after a get together with our colleagues we invite friends back to the house for a nightcap. What begins as a quiet get together turns into a war of words and a battle of wills in Edward Albee’s Tony Award winning classic, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, considered one of the greatest plays of the American stage and presented by Steel River Playhouse for two weekends only, May 1st through 10th. Steel River audience members will be treated to an especially gripping treatment of the play, as it is being staged in the exciting “in-the-round” format. So, they’ll be right on top of the action in the intimate Newberry Loft Stage.

Through razor sharp comedy and a battle of the sexes, VIRGINIA WOOLF looks at the masques that rule relationships – as relevant today as when it premiered in 1962. The 1966 film starring Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton won 5 Oscars, one of the few movies to be nominated in every category. Alcohol, bold humor and biting dialogue lay bare the secrets that lie behind two marriages and make us reexamine our own relationships. This show contains mature themes and occasional use of adult language.

The cast for the show boasts a strong professional background. It includes Steel River’s Artistic Director, Gene Terruso (George), who has worked with many of Philadelphia’s major theatre companies, as well as both on and off-Broadway; Matthew Tyler Horn (Nick), returning to Steel River following his appearance there in FARRAGUT NORTH and two national tours in productions of Shakespeare’s work. Both are members of Actors Equity Association. Lori-Nan Engler (Martha), whose film credits include “Blow Out” and “The Dukes of Hazzard;” and Ali Wetzel (Honey), a member of NYC’s Nuance Theatre Company and fresh from appearing in the hit musical FIELD HOCKEY HOT at Philly’s Adrienne Theatre.

STEEL RIVER PLAYHOUSE | P.O. Box 1325, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464


The play is being staged by director/playwright Jules Tasca. Mr Tasca, a member of the Dramatists Guild, is author to over 125 plays (longest list in the Samuel French catalogue) and taught playwrighting at Oxford University in England. He’s former head of the theatre program at Gwynedd Mercy University and his work has been seen at LA’s Mark Taper Forum and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Tickets are $15 – $19 and are available online at, or by calling the Box Office at 610-970-1199. This production will be held in the Playhouse’s intimate Newberry Loft theatre at 245 E High Street, Pottstown, 19464. Patrons can choose their seat(s) when booking online, so purchase tickets early to get the best choice.

About Steel River Playhouse

Steel River Playhouse is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable education and performance facility that seeks to strengthen community, inspire creative exploration, educate, and entertain, through the presentation of quality performing arts events and education for diverse audiences. Steel River provides affordable, high quality performances, comprehensive educational offerings, and enriching volunteer opportunities in all aspects of theatre arts. The organization embraces emerging and established artists, and supports community by serving as a magnet destination for economic development and a platform for shared experiences by diverse audiences. Students and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to explore and grow their skills by working side‐by‐side with professional instructors, performers, directors, and designers.

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Theater/Organization Address: 245 E. High Street Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (610) 970-1199

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