Vita & Virginia, Eileen Atkins' dramatization of literary lovers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, ends its run on the Globe Theatre's Cassius Carter Stage in San Diego, CA, July 1.
Vita & Virginia was adapted into a two-person play by Atkins from the personal letters of writers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. The two, brought together in 1922, embarked on a passionate affair that lasted twenty years, ending only when Woolf committed suicide in 1941. A member of the Bloomsbury literary group, Woolf is remembered for her novels "Mrs. Dalloway," "To the Lighthouse" and "Orlando," which she based on Sackville-West and dedicated to her lover, as well as the pro-women's rights essay, "A Room of One's Own." One of the wealthiest women in England, Sackville-West was a prolific novelist, producing almost 50 books (" Heritage," "The Edwardians") and a weekly gardening column for The Observer.
Director Carpenter became the Globe's second-in-command right before Vita & Virginia began previews May 23. A former Yale School of Drama faculty member, she helmed Harold Pinter's Old Times with Julianne Moore at the Huntington Theatre and the musical Water from the Moon at the Westbeth Theatre in New York. At the Globe Theatre, she now manages many of the day-to-day artistic director duties for artistic director Jack O'Brien, lately spending much time in New York City with his Tony-nominated stagings of The Full Monty and The Invention of Love.
Monique Fowler is Woolf with Christina Rouner as Sackville-West. Fowler often performs at the Globe; recent credits include Things We Do for Love, Pride's Crossing, The Way of the World and Romeo and Juliet. Rouner played in the Off-Broadway production of Three Tall Women, traveling with the Edward Albee play to Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Toronto.
Vita & Virginia opened May 26. Tickets are $25-$45. The Globe Theatres are located in Balboa Park. For reservations, call (619) 239 2255. The Globe Theatres are on the web at http://www.theglobetheatres.org. — By Christine Ehren