“Whether Orlando was most man or woman,
it was difficult to say.”
– from Orlando, A Biography.
Written in 1927 by Virginia Woolf, the novel Orlando, A Biography is part fantasy, part satire, part inquiry into the nature of gender—and at its heart, the story of a person in search of their true identity.
This adaptation is written by Michelle Deines, and is very much a work in progress. Woolf’s novel is a sprawling, comic epic that spans four centuries, two continents, and dozens of characters, some historical (Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, Alexander Pope), and some fictional. This new stage adaptation will feature a fantastic ensemble of actors who will tackle this cast of multiple characters
This reading at the BMO Centre is a chance for you to see an exciting new work at an important stage of its development. Admission is free, and there will be an opportunity to take part in a talkback after the reading.
Reading of Orlando: Sunday, December 3, 2017
3:00pm (running approx 80 m)
Free admission (donations always gratefully accepted)
162 West 1rst Avenue
*latecomers may not be admitted
Adaptation written by Michelle Deines
Based on the novel Orlando, a Biography by Virginia Woolf
Featuring Luisa Jojic, Gili Roskies, Mike Wasko, Lois Anderson, and Dean Paul Gibson
Directed & Dramaturged by John Murphy
This reading is made possible by the generous support of the City of Vancouver.
Special thank you to Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.
Thank you to Alison Maddaugh for designing our Orlando image.
Thank you also the rEvolver Festival, who presented a reading of an earlier version of the play in May 2017.