Drama Desk winner Chalfant (as Virginia Woolf) and Tony winner Elliott (as Vita Sackville-West) will perform Vita & Virginia Monday nights through April 28. Chalfant and Elliott were seen in a previous reading of Atkins' play for The No Frills Company in November 2006; that company is producing the Zipper run, which features direction by Pamela Berlin.
Vita & Virginia, according to press notes, chronicles "the remarkable friendship and intimate love affair between [Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West], two of the most celebrated members of the famous Bloomsbury Group in 1920s London." The play, set in the 1920s and 1930s through the first years of WWII, deals with "women seeking their place in the world as they face personal and professional conflicts as well as the looming world war."
Kathleen Chalfant — who is also part of the cast of Dead Man's Cell Phone at Playwrights Horizons — received a Tony Award nomination for her work in Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. For her performance in Wit, she earned Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Obie, Drama League, Lucille Lortel and Los Angeles Ovation awards. Chalfant also received Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards for her work in Talking Heads. The actress' other stage credits include Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, M. Butterfly, Racing Demon, The Vagina Monologues, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, Henry V, Nine Armenians and the City Center Encores! production of Bloomer Girl.
Patricia Elliott has been seen on Broadway in King Lear, A Cry of Players, King Henry V, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, A Little Night Music, The Shadow Box, Tartuffe, 13 Rue de l'Amour, The Elephant Man and A Month of Sundays. Elliott won Tony, Theatre World and Drama Desk awards for her performance as Countess Charlotte Malcolm in Night Music.
Vita & Virginia was first seen at the Chichester Festival in 1992 with Penelope Wilton and Eileen Atkins; the play was then produced Off-Broadway in 1994 starring Vanessa Redgrave and playwright Atkins. The Zipper Factory is located in Manhattan at 336 West 37th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. Tickets, priced $35, are available by visiting www.thezipperfactory.com or by calling (212) 352-3101.