Newly formed society: Edward Albee Society. 

Dear scholar, artist, teacher, critic, student, or fan of American theatre and drama,

I am writing to invite you to join the newly formed Edward Albee Society, 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. Edward Albee has been a major presence on American and international stages,
professional and amateur, for over six decades. He has won three Pulitzer Prizes for
drama, three Tony’s, two Obie’s, and a host of other awards and honors. His most
famous plays include The Zoo Story (1959), The American Dream and The
Sandbox (1961, 1960), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962), A Delicate
Balance (1966), Seascape (1975), Three Tall Women (1991), and The Goat, or Who is
Sylvia? (2002).

The purposes of the Albee Society are to be carried out by forming an international
organization whose members will join in the exploration of Albee’s life and works by
means of historical and critical writing, artistic performances on stage, film, television,
radio and recordings, by the amassing of historical documentation, and by publications
and conference presentations devoted to Albee and his plays. The subjects of study
shall include not only Albee and his works, but all aspects of the American and World
Theatre he has affected by his own work in theatre as a playwright, director and
producer. Furthermore the Albee Society will support efforts that affirm the notion of
drama as literature, and encourage projects that support new dramatic work by new
playwrights, as an extension of Edward Albee’s own Playwrights Unit, which he founded
in 1963 with his producing partners Richard Barr and Clinton Wilder.

Please consider joining and making a donation to the Edward Albee Society today!
Annual membership dues are $30. (Dues and donations are tax deductible to the extent
provided by law.) Your dues and donations will help us pay for our 501C3 application
fee, designing and registering our website, and our online journal, The Albee Review, as
well as other organizational costs. Members receive access to the annual Albee
Review, which will include photos, interviews, reviews, and insightful and provocative
articles about Albee’s life and works. Members who provide us with their e-mail address
will be kept up to date on Albee-related publications, performances, and events around
the country. Please fill out the attached membership form and send it, along with a
check made out to “The Edward Albee Society,” to my attention at:

Department of Theatre
University of Missouri
129 Fine Arts Building
Columbia, MO 65211

Also, please pass this email along to your colleagues and any family or friends who are
fans of Albee so that we may build our membership! And if you know any major theatre
artists or producers or other luminaries whom you think might assist us in funding,
please let me know!

Membership form – click here

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