• Edward Albee, 2009. Photo by Dimitris Yeros.

    A Farewell to Edward Albee

    Edward Albee died on Friday, September 16th, 2016, at the age of 88. He passed away at his summer home in Montauk, New York, after a short illness. He was one of the most important and iconic American playwrights of the 20th century.

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    What Is Sex? What Is Gender?

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