Amy Morton and Tracy Letts play Martha and George in the Steppenwolf revival of Edward Albee’s blistering tragicomedy Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and at a meet-and-greet the other day, Morton told me it’s about the seventh or eighth time she’s been married to Letts.
“Are George and Martha the ultimate passive aggressive couple?” I wondered, feigning a wise look.
“It’s the ultimate couple,” she replied.
“It’s the ultimate everything.”
“Is Martha a malicious nightmare?” I asked, trying to come off penetrating.
“No!” said Morton (who was Tony nominated for Letts’ August: Osage County).
“She deeply, deeply loves her husband.
“She just got disappointed.
“It’s 1962 and she’s not allowed to have a job, she can’t have kids, and she wishes her husband’s job was higher up.
“I think she’s incredibly passionate.”
Well, how will Morton–who customarily gives subtly honed performances–be subtle this time around, considering some of the fiery lines Martha gets to toss off?
“Maybe I’m not this time,” she said, laughing.
“You’ll have to tell me!”