Archive for September 16th, 2012

For this week’s Woolf sightings, the play’s the thing, four times over.

Restoration playwright Aphra Behn

First up in today’s compilation is a production that honors Aphra Behn, the first professional women playwright in the English language and one Virginia Woolf recognizes in A Room of One’s Own. Second up is Mad Women, a play on stage at the Barefaced Theatre in London Oct. 6-13 that features four famous women writers, including Woolf.

Third is Sailing On, which is staged in the women’s toilet at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal, a play that combines the tragic ending of Shakespeare’s Ophelia and Woolf. Thanks to Kaylee Baucom, English professor at the College of Southern Nevada, for this link to a video about this play on the BBC website. Fourth is Eileen Atkins’s Vanessa and Virginia, on stage at the Pentameters Theatre in England Sept. 21-22 and 28-29.

  1. Review: Or, | Echo Theatre | Bath House Cultural Center – DallasTheaterJones Performing Arts News
    Dallas — In her famous essay/lecture A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf outlined why it was necessary that she, and any woman who strives to earn a living as a writer, needs that very thing: a room of one’s own. And in her championing of women 
  2. Barefaced Theatre presents three new plays by Berri George: Mad Women London Theatre Guide – Online
     utopian feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman, plagued by depression, whose story The Yellow Wallpaper highlighted the horrors of confinement for women termed ‘mad’; and Virginia Woolf, the modernist genius whose own demons would eventually consume
  3. Play performed in toilets of Nottingham’s Theatre Royal opensThis is Nottingham
    Virginia Woolf and Hamlet’s Ophelia got there first. The early-20th-century literary giant and the doomed Shakespearean figure – one of whom drowned herself in fiction, the other drowned herself in life – are depicted in a play being performed as part 
  4. THEATRE: Vita And Virginia at PentametersCamden New Journal newspapers website
     charts the 20-year relationship between The Hon Vita Sackville-West (Lady Nicolson) of Knole and Mrs Woolf of Bloomsbury, using their letters and diaries and was originally performed by herself and Vanessa Redgrave as Virginia and Vita respectively.
  5. Review: Zadie Smith’s ‘NW’ a powerful exploration of lives adriftLos Angeles Times
    Smith makes such an intention explicit from the outset, opening “NW” with an extended stream-of-consciousness section, “Visitation,” which hints at the influence of Virginia Woolf or James Joyce. The story of Leah, a thirtysomething community activist 
  6. Dr. Joe Harrop: A lean and hungry lookRed Bluff Daily News
    Virginia Woolf In an attempt to downplay the new sport of fact checking, Neil Newhouse, a Romney pollster said, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by factcheckers.” I ‘m going to give Newhouse the benefit of the doubt, because I am sure 
  7. Verge readers: Who’s afraid of reading Woolf?Poughkeepsie Journal
    As far as “teen reading” goes, “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf is not the most likely candidate. However, the novel, “The Hours,” by Michael Cunningham, is a rather intense but good replacement to ease into the complex reading of Woolf. The books are 
  8. Guess Which ‘Sex & the City’ Star Will Play Poet Emily Dickinson in a New MovieZimbio
    (From Jackson Pollock to VIrginia Woolf, Hollywood loves a good biopic, especially if its subject is a tortured artist, so this doesn’t come as a shock.) According to THR, British filmmaker Terence Davies wrote and will direct the Dickinson film 
  9. Death of WritersThe News (blog)
    Virginia Woolf, British Author (1882 – 1941) — Was depressed, filled the pockets of her overcoat with stones and walked into the River Ouse where her body was discovered several days later. Tennessee Williams, American Playwright (1911 – 1983 
  10. Luna Stage Announces Hiring of Interim Managing DirectorBroadway World
    Though she has taken her leave as Managing Director, Ms. Hennessy will not be leaving the company altogether; she has come full circle and will appear as an actress once again in the role ofVirginia Woolf in Luna Stage’s 2012-2013 Season opener, Vita ..
  11. Female sexuality Personal matters, The Economist (blog)
    References are made to writers and critics such as Susan Sontag, Virginia Woolf and Michel Foucault, but also to Kate Bush, a British singer, and The Smiths, a 1980s band. These differing cultural influences are interwoven with the narrative of Ms …
  12. Twelve Questions with Emily PerkinsNew Zealand Herald
    Novelist Emily Perkins keeps company with Virginia Woolf in her latest book, The Forrests, according to reviews. Perkins is to promote NZ literature at the Frankfurt Book Fair with other Kiwi writers next month. Novelist Emily Perkins. Photo / Richard
  13. Library Presents 50 Years of the Mortimer Rare Book RoomThe Sophian
    The title of the exhibition is a word play on the 1929 Virginia Woolf essay, A Room of One’s Own. In the famous essay, a nameless woman reflects on women’s historical lack of agency compared to men, their educational access and history as writers. The 
  14. New York Fashion Week spring-summer 2013: AltuzarraLos Angeles Times
    The inspiration: The 1992 film “Orlando,” (which starred Tilda Swinton), based on the book byVirginia Woolf about an English courtier who wakes up one day transformed into a woman. The story, like the collection, traveled through time and place, from 
  15. Photo: Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.comStyle Magazine
    Sally Potter’s magical 1992 movie adaptation of the Virginia Woolf classic Orlando, starring Tilda Swinton in the title role as the ageless Elizabethan courtier who changes sex and romps across the world and through the centuries, led Joseph Altuzarra ..

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