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Why This Play Now?

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
This pre-show talk is free. Purchase tickets for the matinee performance of Orlando below.
Why This Play Now?
Photo by Isabel Le

Orlando puts the voices of two important feminist writers—Virginia Woolf and Sarah Ruhl—on stage together. Why did Woolf so frequently invoke the theatre in her novels? And what inspired Ruhl about Woolf’s work? And why does the UW School of Drama think this play is valuable in this moment for our students and for the larger community? Join Professor Stefka Mihaylova for a pre-show discussion of how the play Orlando expresses the School of Drama’s mission, both as an educational institution and as convener of community conversations, and why art’s function as a vessel for social commentary matters right now. 

This pre-show talk is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Penthouse Theatre lobby from 1:00 - 1:30 PM. Snacks will be provided! To purchase tickets for the 2:00 PM matinee performance of Orlando, click here.