HomeGrown Theatre: Virginia Woolf's Orlando 

A Woolf in women's and men's clothing

A tale of romance and transformation. Romansformation.

Chaz Gentry

A tale of romance and transformation. Romansformation.

Virginia Woolf's 1928 novel, Orlando, was always ripe for adaptation to stage and screen. Unlike other "big" novels of the '20s like James Joyce's Ulysses, Proust's A Remembrance of Things Past or Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities, Woolf's tale about a young Renaissance Englishman turning into an ageless woman during a Turkish revolt (long, exquisite story) is eminently suited for visual media.

Sally Potter's 1993 film adaptation starring the eminently androgynous Tilda Swinton is perhaps the best known, but there's also MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl's 2003 stage play, which will be performed by HomeGrown Theatre at Ming Studios through May 7. For $5-$10, you can catch one of the finest stories about gender, love and time ever told.

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