Edward Albee in town to boost arts education

A reception for renowned playwright Edward Albee was held at the Fairbanks Ranch home of Shawn and Robert Poole on April 17.

Albee came to San Diego at the request of San Diego State University and the Playwrights Project. Albee is America’s most honored living playwright and longtime Playwrights Project’s artistic adviser.

At the event, he talked with parents and students about the importance of arts education and critiqued excerpts of plays from Playwrights Project’s recent festival of Plays by Young Writers, held in February at the Lyceum Theatre downtown.

Student playwrights in attendance included 19-year-old Katie Henry from Berkeley, whose play “Re-Drowning Ophelia” received a full production in the festival and a subsequent reading at Moxie Theatre, and Nachiketa Baru, a 14-year-old playwright from Carmel Valley Middle School who has had two plays presented as staged readings in past festivals.

Albee is best known for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1967) “The Zoo Story,” “A Delicate Balance” (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1975) and “Three Tall Women” (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 1994). For more on Playwrights Project, visit