Women's Project producing artistic director Julie Crosby assembled the adaptation that is an amalgam of Woolf's original 1923 and revised 1935 editions of the play. SITI Company artistic director Anne Bogart directed the production, which began previews Jan. 15 and opened Off-Broadway at the Women's Project Jan. 25. Freshwater is described as "a theatrical escapade set in a Victorian garden on a summer evening. Woolf, who wrote this play for friends and family, creates a deliberately witty and wacky universe peopled with a tribe of artists, friends and lovers in a playful mood."
The cast includes Akiko Aizawa (Hotel Cassiopeia), Gian-Murray Gianino (Paradise Park), Ellen Lauren (Who Do You Think You Are), Kelly Maurer (Radio Macbeth), Tom Nelis (Iphegenia 2.0), Barney O'Hanlon (Who Do You Think You Are) and Stephen Duff Webber (Radio Macbeth).
"The characters in Freshwater — Julia Cameron, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ellen Terry and the others — had tremendous significance for the Bloomsbury Group, of which Woolf was a founding member," Bogart said in a statement. "In this production, our challenge will be to channel the humor, intelligence, talent and giddiness of the original Bloomsbury group and deliver it to a 2009 audience."
Freshwater has designs by James Schuette (sets and costumes), Brian H. Scott (lights) and Darron L. West (sound).
For further information on the Women's Project, located at 424 West 55th Street in Manhattan, visit WomensProject.org.