He's a She: Sarah Ruhl's Take on Virginia Woolf's Orlando Begins in NYC

News   He's a She: Sarah Ruhl's Take on Virginia Woolf's Orlando Begins in NYC
Francesca Faridany, late of Broadway's The 39 Steps, plays the title role of an Elizabethan man who transforms into a woman in the Sept. 8 New York City premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Orlando for Classic Stage Company.

Francesca Faridany
Francesca Faridany

Performances under the direction of Rebecca Taichman will play to Oct. 17. Official opening is Sept. 23 at 7 PM.

Orlando, adapted by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Ruhl (In the Next Room, The Clean House) from the work of Virginia Woolf, also features Annika Boras (Sasha), David Greenspan (Queen Elizabeth), Tom Nelis (Sea Captain) and Howard Overshown (Othello). Choreography is by Annie-B Parson.

Here's how CSC bills the work: "Meet Virginia Woolf's Orlando, your typical Elizabethan Man: a favorite of the Queen, madly in love with a Russian Princess, fleeing an Archduchess and waking up one fine day in Constantinople to find he has become, of all things, a woman. She survives the 19th and 20th centuries grappling with what it means to live fully in the present, in our own skin, in our own gender, and in our own time."

The creative team for Orlando includes set design by Allen Moyer, costumes by Anita Yavich, lighting by Christopher Akerlind, and original music and sound design by Christian Frederickson and Ryan Rumery.

Ruhl's plays include In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Tony-nominated in 2010 for Best Play; The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, 2005; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004); Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American Award, Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center); Dead Man's Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play); Melancholy Play; Demeter in the City (nine NAACP Image Award nominations); Eurydice; Orlando; and Late: a cowboy song. Orlando plays Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets are $60 for weekday performances and $65 for weekends. For tickets and information, visit www.classicstage.org or call (866) 811-4111, or (212) 352-3101, or visit the CSC box office at 136 E. 13th Street, Monday through Friday 12 PM to 6 PM.

For more information on Classic Stage Company visit the theatre's website at www.classicstage.org.

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