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The play is set in the living room of George and Martha's house, located on the campus of a small New England college. George is a professor of history; Martha is his wife. Martha has invited a young married couple, Nick and Honey, over for some drinks after the campus party given by her father, the college president. When Nick, a new biology professor (whom Martha thinks teaches math) and Honey arrive around 2:00 a.m., George and Martha are arguing with each other. George tells Nick and Honey that he and Martha have a son, who will be 21 the following day. Martha flirts with Nick, and George aims a rifle at her, which pops out a Chinese umbrella. Everyone drinks a great deal and gets drunk. Honey goes to the bathroom and vomits.
George tells Nick a story about going drinking with friends while he was in prep school. In the story one of the boys accidentally killed his mother with a shotgun. The following year the same boy killed his father in a car accident. The boy was put in a mental hospital and never spoke again. Martha and George escalate their fighting: Martha says that George tried to publish a novel he had written about the boy who killed his parents but her father would not allow it. George insults Nick and Honey in a game he calls "Get the Guests." Martha seduces Nick.
Martha is alone onstage. George enters from outside the house, holding some snapdragons for her. George and Martha argue. Martha insults Nick by revealing that he was too drunk to have sex with her. George announces the final game, "Bringing Up Baby." George and Martha talk about their son. George recites Latin prayers for the dead. George then tells Martha that he had received a telegram stating that their son was dead, killed while driving. Nick and Honey realize that George and Martha never had a son: the story is fiction. Nick and Honey leave. George sings "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and Martha says that George is the only man she ever loved.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Plot Diagram