Basketry, traditional dance, and storytelling are all part of the Choctaw Indian Fair, held each July on the reservation in the Pearl River community near Philadelphia. The Fair is a way for tribal members to celebrate the year's accomplishments and enable other people to learn about Choctaw culture and traditions. The Fair is also central to another long-standing tradition, the game of stickball. Many of the early European writings about the tribe describe Choctaw stickball. In the early 1830s artist George Catlin painted a game among Choctaws who had recently arrived in Oklahoma. The game appears to have changed little. It is still played with two sticks, handcrafted from hickory with a bent-wood cup at one end. The players use these to catch and throw a ball fashioned from woven leather. They score by moving down the field and throwing the ball against the opposing team's goal, a pole set into the gound. Here again, the Choctaws show their talent for adaptation. The "World Series of Stickball" is played on the football field at Choctaw Central High School and the scoring posts are set at the center of the football goal posts.
Albee insisted that he did not want to be known as a "gay writer", stating in his acceptance speech for the 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation 's Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement: "A writer who happens to be gay or lesbian must be able to transcend self. I am not a gay writer. I am a writer who happens to be gay."  His longtime partner, Jonathan Richard Thomas, a sculptor, died on May 2, 2005, from bladder cancer . They had been partners from 1971 until Thomas's death. Albee also had a relationship of several years with playwright Terrence McNally during the 1950s.