by Virginia Woolf
Adapted by Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis

Feb 25 - Mar 5,  2016

Bellarmine University
Black Box Theater, Wyatt Center for the Arts
Norris PL & Bellarmine BLVD, Louisville, KY

Looking for Lilith’s 2016 March Women’s History Month production will be Sara Ruhl’s Orlando. Pulitzer-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl brings her imagistic writing to an inspired adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s time-shifting, gender-bending novel Orlando.

A literary love-letter to Vita Sackville-West, Woolf follows the character of Orlando across four centuries and several continents: “A woman plays a man. That man wakes up after a long slumber to discover he is a woman…a magnificent celebration of transcending as well as trans-gending. (The Daily Telegraph)" Fully embracing the theatrical potential of Woolf’s sprawling novel, Ruhl captures the wonder, inconceivability and sheer audacity of Orlando’s epic journey, beautifully illustrating Woolf’s notions of the fluidity of gender and identity, and the great mysteries of time. “Ruhl’s poetically spare style dovetails with Woolf’s prose and enhances the velocity of the novel while highlighting the still moments of contemplation within its momentum. (SFGate)"

“…Admirers of Woolf and Ruhl will be very happy with this [play], as will anybody looking for a good time, lots of laughter, and something to think about (Examiner.com)" LFL Co-Artistic Director Kathi E.B. Ellis is delighted to be directing another Ruhl play, “especially one that lifts up an early feminist writer, one who asks us to re-examine our relationship to history and gender. It’s a perfect Women’s History Month journey for Lilith.”


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Press Release

Photos by Michael Taggart


Scott Davis, Richie Goff, Keith McGill, Victoria Reibel, Christie Charron Ruiz


Christé Lunsford (Scenic Designer), Tom Willis (Lighting Designer), Lindsay Chamberlin (Costume Designer), Paul T. Carney (Sound Designer), Casey Clark (Technical Director), Nancy Clinton (Stage Manager), Jill Marie Schierbaum (Set Construction and Props Manager), Haydee Canovas (Producer), Karole Spangler (Dramaturge), Holly Stone (Graphic Designer)

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