Edward Albee (born March 12, 1928) is a leading American playwright, for many the most important one alive.
He was born in Washington, DC and was adopted two weeks later and taken to Westchester County, New York. Albee's father owned a chain of theatres, where Edward would hang out, but he only began writing plays when he was 30.
Edward Albee's plays are decidedly unique; one of his main influences has been Samuel Beckett and he is credited with being one of the first American playwrights of the school of thought known as Absurdism. His style is not as surreal as many Absurdists, but Albee's plays reflect the philosophy that life is inherently absurd.
Albee is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, and President of the Edward F. Albee Foundation, Inc. He received the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.
The Zoo Story (1958)
The Death of Bessie Smith (1959)
The Sandbox (l959)
Fam and Yam (1959) The American Dream (1960)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961-62, Tony Award)
Tiny Alice (1964)
A Delicate Balance (1966, Pulitzer Prize)
Box and Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (1968)
All Over (1971)
Seascape (1974, Pulitzer Prize)
Counting the Ways (l976)
The Lady From Dubuque (1977-78)
Another Part of the Zoo (1981)
The Man Who Had Three Arms (1981-82)
Finding the Sun (1982-83)
Marriage Play (1987)
Three Tall Women (1991, Pulitzer Prize)
The Play About the Baby (1997)
The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (2000, Tony Award)