Orlando Lives: Virginia Woolf’s Orlando in Global Adaptation and Performance
Sunday, April 10, 2011 at approximately 4:30 (following the 2:30 matinee)
Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis
This illustrated talk begins with Orlando's inspiration in Virginia Woolf's love affair with Vita Sackville-West and the "revolutionary" theory of biography that Woolf brings to life in the androgynous, immortal poet Orlando and his/her adventures. It surveys Orlando's ongoing lives from Sally Potter's 1992 film to Lady Gaga and takes a closer look at two widely-performed theatrical adaptations by Robert Wilson and Sarah Ruhl.
Christine Froula, professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Gender Studies at Northwestern University, is the author of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde and Modernism's Body: Sex, Culture, and Joyce. She is the librettist for John Austin's opera Heloise and Abelard.