Our Mission

The Edward Albee Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the study of the life and works of Edward Albee, and the drama and theatre for which his work was in large part the instigator and model.

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About Edward Albee

Edward Albee PhotoEdward Albee is one of the “Big Four” classic American playwrights, including Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller. His career spans several decades, from the late 1950s to the present, during which he has written nearly 30 plays. As an American playwright and director working during the second half of the twentieth century, Albee might best be classified as part of the postmodern movement in the arts. Many scholars regard his early plays as belonging to the Theatre of the Absurd, but his worldview has never been as nihilistic as that of Samuel Beckett or Eugène Ionesco. In interviews and lectures Albee has repeatedly paraphrased Shakespeare as to the purpose of playwriting and indeed all art: to hold up the mirror to society, asking, “Do you like what you see? If not, why don’t you change it?”

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