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The Shakespeare’s Sister Company is hosting weekly summer play readings from June 18 through Aug. 13 from 6-8 p.m., and the season kicks off June 18 with English playwright Beth Wright’s Vanessa and Virginia It is based on the eponymous novel written by New York Times best selling author Susan Sellers.

Wright’s play premiered in Europe and tells the story of Virginia Woolf and her sister Vanessa Bell. The evening will end with a few scenes from a play written by Shakespeare’s Sister’s, Kris Lundberg, about the love affair between famed artist, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his muse and model, Elizabeth Siddal.

The readings will commence in a Lower East Side sultry venue, the DL, located at 95 Delancey St. (at Ludlow) in the second floor Casino.

For more information, contact Kris Lundberg at info@shakespearessister.org or visit the Shakespeare’s Sister Company website.

Formed in 2008, The Shakespeare’s Sister Company (SSC) is a not-for-profit theater organization supporting women in the arts. It is committed to producing established works and new plays by female authors, as well as by Sir William Shakespeare. Its mission is to address global change through the theater, including workshops with the community and literacy for youth.

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It turns out that Virginia Woolf is not the only literary figure who has regenerated herself in the blogosphere.

We gave Virginia’s MySpace page of her own top billing on this blog of her own back in August.

Now novelist Pagan Kennedy describes her discovery of MySpace as a literary meeting place for authors and readers in her Sept. 1, 2007 essay in The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

Despite the fact that her essay is cleverly titled “A Space for Us” — an obvious play on Woolf’s words — Kennedy’s essay does not include Woolf in her mini-list of MySpace authors masquerading as famous writers. But she does include William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde.

I guess it’s up to Woolf’s own circle to keep her at the center.

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MySpace logoDid you know that our beloved Virginia has her very own page on MySpace? I bet not. I just discovered it today.

I came about my discovery rather circuitously after reading the column “Searching for Heroes” by Tom Robotham, editor-in-chief of Portfolio Weekly. In it, he mentions that many of his friends list literary figures as their heroes on their MySpace pages. Those heroes include Dante, Tom Joad, Atticus Finch…and Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf. The name drew me up short. I never would have guessed she would show up as a hero on a notable number of MySpace pages. So I decided to take a look for myself.

I visited MySpace and searched for Virginia. That’s when I discovered that she is more than just a hero to MySpace users. Virginia is actually a MySpace user herself. Yes, Virginia Woolf has a MySpace page of her own.

“Virginia Woolf is back from the lethargy,” the page announces mysteriously. Then it goes on to share her personal details — including the fact that despite being shy, she would like to meet Marlene Dietrich.

Woolf’s 4,185 friends are listed, which seems a paltry number for someone of her stature. Among her buds are Chanel, Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare, and a 22-year-old from Marion, Ind., named Nicole. Her alter ego perhaps?

Woolf also shares a needy love note from Vita Sackville-West on her MySpace page, a move that seems glaringly out of character.

Woolfians everywhere will be happy to know we can now easily contact our beloved author via e-mail or instant message. Links to those methods of communication are on her MySpace page.

I have to admit, I didn’t try. Doing so would have necessitated that I set up a MySpace account and log in, so I demurred.

Sadly, though, Virginia has not posted any blog entries. You’ll have to come here for a blog of Woolf’s own.

Meanwhile, the shock of finding Virginia’s MySpace page distracted me from my original topic: Woolf as MySpace hero. That will be a post for a later date.

Sept. 21, 2007 update: Read the Guardian’s post on this topic.

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