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Waves program from National Theatre productionVirginia Woolf gave us the print version. The BBC gave us the audio version. Now New York’s Lincoln Center presents the multi-media version of The Waves.

The New York Times reports that Woolf’s experimental 1931 novel is the basis for one of three offbeat programs Lincoln Center will present as part of its New Visions: Literary Muse series during its 2008-2009 season.

All three will combine the spoken word, music and multimedia elements on stage.

Presented by the National Theater of Britain, “Waves” merges theatrics and technology by using four cameras and overlapping projectors to present multiple images on stage at once. The only non-live element is the recurring image of breaking waves.

It’s all part of the National Theatre’s attempt to make theatre more interesting and relevant to 21st century audiences.

The other two offerings in the Lincoln Center Literary Muse series are “Kafka Fragments” by Gyorgy Kurtag and directed by Peter Sellars and “Don Quijote de la Mancha: Romances y Músicas,” presented by Jordi Savall and the groups Hespèrion XXI and La Capella Reial de Catalunya, the Times reports.

“Waves” will premiere in the U.S. on Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. and run through Nov. 22 at the Duke on 42nd Street.

“Waves” was on stage at the National Theatre in 2006 and will reportedly return there this August. Listen to the podcast with director Katie Mitchell.

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