Who else would have paired Viriginia Woolf and Robert Wilson, but Anne Bogart's SITI Company? BOB and Room, the ensembles ruminiations on the early feminist writer and the avant-garde director, will play March 6-31with San Francisco's Magic Theatre at the Cowell.
Bob takes its cue from the writings of designer/director Robert Wilson -- though the show isn't specifically based on biographical facts of Wilson's life. Wilson, who had nothing to do with the actual production, has been one of the leading figures in the avant-garde theatre world since the 1970s. His 1976 opera, Einstein on the Beach (with composer Philip Glass) - dramatically altered conventional perceptions as an art form. From 1982 - 1986, Wilson collaborated with Glass, David Byrne, Heiner Muller and numerous other artists to present his multi-national epic - CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down, which was the sole nominee for the 1986 Pulitzer Prize in theatre. More recently Wilson recently reunited with Glass for their 3-D digital opera Monsters of Grace, Wagner's opera Lohengrin for the Metropolitan Opera and the operatic Time Rocker (a collaboration with Lou Reed).
Based on the writings of Virigina Woolf, Room looks at what it means to be an artistic woman in modern times and what rooms are necessary for living, creating and imagining. Text from "Sketch of the Past," "Professions for the Woman," "Between the Acts" and "A Room of One's Own," as well as a number of Woolf's personal letters are used, compiled by Irish dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke. Room previously premiered at Ohio's Wexner Center in November, 2000 and then played City Theatre in Pittsburgh January, 2001.
Ellen Lauren stars in Room. Will Bond is featured in BOB.
Room performs March 6-17. BOB plays March 20-31. Tickets are $22-$47. The Cowell Theatre is located in the Fort Mason Center at Pier 2 on Marina Boulevard. For reservations, (415) 441-8822. The Magic Theatre is on line at http://www.magictheatre.org. — By Christine Ehren