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Virginia Woolf and Edward Gorey. I know something about both. But I did not know there was a connection between them until now.

It turns out that Gorey, known for his charmingly off-kilter stories and illustrations, created illustrations for the 1985 edition of Virginia Woolf’s play Freshwater: A Comedy. Woolf’s farce about her famous great-aunt Julia Margaret Cameron was her only work for the stage.

First performed in 1935 for one of the Bloomsbury Group’s theatrical evenings, Woolf’s lone play was later produced in New York. It is still being staged today, although not everyone appreciates its wit and humor.

Gorey, of course, is still popular, perhaps thanks to his animated credits for the PBS show “Mystery.” An exhibit of his work, “Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey,” opens today at the Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando, Fla., and will run through Oct. 31.

A catalog of the exhibit, which contains 175 reproductions, is also available. And you can shop for all sorts of thrilling items at the Edward Gorey House Store in Yarmouthport, Mass. One of my favorites is a set of note cards titled “Neglected Murderesses.”

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Alexis Soloski, theatre blogger at The Guardian, argues that novelists cannot write plays.

Virginia Woolf does not escape her criticism. To wit: “And I will freely commiserate with anyone forced to endure Virginia Woolf’s Freshwater; that Woolf never intended it for performance only confirms her great intelligence.”

Reviewers on this side of the pond, however, have praised Woolf’s only play. Cast your vote for or against Woolf’s play as entertainment.

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freshwaterVirginia Woolf’s comedy Freshwater opens May 14 and will run for one weekend in the island town of North Haven, Maine.

The play concerns Woolf’s great-aunt, the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, and her coterie of artists that included Alfred Lord Tennyson and George Frederick Watts.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. May 14 through 17, at Waterman’s Community Center, Main Street.

More details are available.

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virginiaplayWoolfians can celebrate Virginia Woolf’s 127th birthday on stage from afternoon to evening on Jan. 25 with performances of Woolf’s own play Freshwater and a staged reading of Edna O’Brien’s award-winning play Virginia.

Virginia will be performed at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Arthur Seelen Theater. Freshwater will begin at 7 p.m. at the at the Julia Miles Theater, 424 West 55th St. Both theaters are in Manhattan.

Get details of the performance of Freshwater, Woolf’s only play, here and here.

O’Brien’s play, Virginia, is a 90-minute exploration of Woolf’s inner life, as well as her relationships with husband Leonard, lover Vita and her writing. It is sponsored by the Drama Book Shop in association with the year-old Shakespeare’s Sister Company.

After the performance,  Anne Fernald, author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader and the literary blog Fernham, will be on hand for a question and answer session. Director Joannie Mackenzie and artistic director Kris Lundberg will join her.

The event is free to the public with a suggested $10 donation in support of the Shakespeare’s Sister Company.

The Arthur Seelen Theatre is located in the basement of the Drama Book Shop, 250 W. 40th St., in Manhattan.

Read Anne’s post about the event here.

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freshwater_webCelebrate Virginia Woolf’s birthday on Jan. 25 by attending the 7 p.m. opening show of the first U.S production of Woolf’s only play, Freshwater.

The Women’s Project and SITI Company will present just 34 performances of the play, which is directed by Anne Bogart.

The play will run for just 34 performances and previews Jan.15 at 8 p.m.

Get more details here. Read Blogging Woolf’s first post about the upcoming production.

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