360 Extra: So Long, Edward Albee

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Edward Albee in 2008

Edward Albee died last week, at 88. His most famous play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” marked his Broadway debut and won Albee his first Tony Award. It’s a searing play about the toxic love we share with family — and the secrets we don’t share. Those themes would define Albee’s work for decades.

Back in 2004, Studio 360 sent reporter Sarah Lemanczyk to interview Albee about his decision, well into his 70s, to tinker with his very first produced play, “The Zoo Story.” Albee was about to debut a new first act as a sort of prequel to the original play. Lemanczyk was a huge fan of Albee’s, but she was appalled at this idea — and she had the audacity to tell Albee to his face.

(Originally aired: June 5, 2004)