Freshwater

January 15-February 15, 2009

By Virginia Woolf
Directed by Anne Bogart

Virginia Woolf wrote only one play in her lifetime: Freshwater.  Initially composed in 1923 and revised in 1935, the play has never enjoyed a professional production in the United States. Now, in a landmark collaboration between the Women’s Project and SITI Company the play is finally having its day. This delightful comedy creates a deliberately witty and charming universe peopled by a tribe of artists, friends, and lovers in a lighthearted mood. Legendary director Anne Bogart is at the helm of this theatrical escapade set in a Victorian garden on a summer evening–-the perfect diversion for audiences during the winter of 2009.

“A laugh riot” – The New York Times

“Inarguably Fascinating” – Time Out New York

“Woolf-hounds are bound to be tickled” – NY Daily News

 

 

 


Virginia Woolf

(Playwright)began writing professionally in 1905, initially for the Times Literary Supplement with a journalisticpiece aboutHaworth, home of the Brontë family. Her first novel, The Voyage Out, was published in 1915 by Gerald Duckworth and Company Ltd. Novels: The Voyage Out (1915); Night and Day (1919);  Jacob’s Room (1922); Mrs. Dalloway (1925); To the Lighthouse (1927); Orlando: A Biography (1928); The Waves (1931); The Years (1937); Between the Acts (1941). Short story collections:  Monday or Tuesday (1921); A Haunted House and Other Short Stories (1943).  Selected Non-fiction: Modern Fiction (1919); A Room of One’s Own (1929); On Being Ill (1930); The London Scene (1931). Plays: Freshwater (1923, rev. 1935). Other: Participated in Dreadnought hoax dressed as a male Abyssinian royalty. Founding member of the intellectual circle Bloomsbury Group. Studied at King’s College London. Recognized as a major lyrical novelist in the English language. Novels are highly experimental: a mundane narrative, refracted—and sometimes almost dissolved—in the characters’ consciousness that creates a world bursting with auditory and visual impressions. Special thanks to Leonard and Mitzi.

Anne Bogart

(Director) Anne Bogart is the Artistic Director of  SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is also a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program. Recent works with SITI include Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Intimations for Saxophone, Death and the Ploughman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Dispute, Score, bobrauschenbergamerica, Room, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, The Radio Play, Alice’s Adventures, Culture of Desire, Bob, Going, Going, Gone, Small Lives/Big Dreams, The Medium, Noel Coward’s Hayfever and Private Lives, August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, and Charles Mee’s Orestes. She is the author of a book of essays entitled A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theater and the co-author with Tina Landau of The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition. Recently released by Routledge Press is a new book of essays entitled And Then You Act: Making Art in an Unpredictable World.

Akiko Aizawa

(Mary Magdalene) has been a member of  the SITI company since 1997, after 7 years as a member of the Suzuki Company of Toga.  With SITI :  Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, bobrauschenbergamerica, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Intimations for Saxophone, La Dispute, War of the Worlds , War of the Worlds (Radio Play) Culture of Desire, Nicholas and Alexandra, Marina A Captive Spirit and systems/layers. Roles with SCOT include:  The Trojan Women, Three Sisters, Dionysus, Macbeth, Ivanov.  Theatres/ Festivals include:  American Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Court Theatre, Japan Society, Krannert Center, Los Angeles Opera, New York Theatre Workshop, Performing Arts Chicago, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Australian Bicentennial EXPO, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Biennale Bonn, Dublin Theatre Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Humana Festival, MC 93 Bobigny, Melbourne Spoleto Festival, Toga Festival, and Under the Radar Festival.

Gian-Murray Gianino

(Lt. John Craig) is the third generation of a New York acting family. New York: Stitching (Wild Project, U.S. Premier), Paradise Park (Signature Theatre), Eurydice (Second Stage), Radio Macbeth (The Public Theatre), Bone Portraits (SoHo Rep), Psyche (Ohio Theatre), bobrauschenbergamerica (BAM, Next Wave), Crave (TheatronInc/ XOProjects), Transfigures (Stillpoint Prod) and Al Pacino’s Salome readings (NY & LA). REGIONAL: Eurydice (Yale Rep), Intimations for Saxophone (Arena Stage), Crazy Eyes (Provincetown Rep), Systems/Layers (SitiCo/Nat’l tour). He has toured globally with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company including the Humana Festival, Stamford Performing Arts, Athenaeum, Krannert Center, Walker Center, Wexner Center, Bobigny Festival, Bonn Biennale and Dublin Theatre Festival. FILM: Painting Abby Long, Dead Canaries (w/ Charles Durning), Tale of Two Corners, Hospitality, Up to the Roof. TELEVISION: Law and Order: SVU, All My Children. B.A.: Wesleyan University.

Ellen Lauren

(Julia Margaret Cameron) Associate Artistic Director for SITI.  SITI credits include: Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Room, bobrauschenbergamerica, systems/layers, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, The Medium, Culture of Desire, Going, Going, Gone, Orestes. National and international venues include, Bonn Festival Germany, Bogota, Colombia, BAM Next Wave Festival, Paris Bobigny Festival, Melbourne Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Singapore Festival, The Wexner Center, Walker Art Center, Krannert Center, NYTW, CSC in NYC.  Regional credits with SITI include San Jose Rep, ART in Cambridge, Actors Theatre of Louisville: (Hayfever, Miss Julie, Private Lives).  For the last 15 years, Ms. Lauren has led ongoing classes and residencies in the U.S. and abroad.  Additional credits include The Adding Machine (ATL), Picnic (ATL), The Women (Hartford Stage), Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Opera -Kosovar Award for Anna II) all with Anne Bogart,  resident company member: Stage West (Springfield, Mass.), The Milwaukee Repertory, The Alley Theatre (Houston), and ongoing Guest Artist, 17 years, The Suzuki Company, under the direction of Suzuki Tadashi. Performance and workshop venues with Suzuki Company include: Moscow Art Theatre, RSC in London, Theatre Olympics in Athens, The Malthouse in Melbourne,  Istanbul International Festival, Festival Mundial Chile, Teatro Olympico in Italy, Montpelier Festival France, Hong Kong Festival.  Ongoing faculty member 9 years: The Julliard School of Drama, New York City; Associate Director Summer Training Program, Toga, Japan.

Kelly Maurer

(Ellen Terry) Has been a member of SITI since its inception.  With the company she has performed in many productions including Radio Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Dispute, Hayfever, bobrauschenbergamerica, The Medium, Small Lives/Big Dreams, Culture of Desire and Cabin Pressure, and at such theatres as: NYTW, P.S. 122, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Walker Arts Center, Wexner Arts Center, The Irish Life Theater Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. Kelly also performed with the company in the New York City Opera’s production of The Seven Deadly Sins.  Regionally, Kelly has been seen as Rainbow in Maria Irene Fornes’ And What of the Night at The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Hamlet at StageWest and Christine in Miss Julie at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  Internationally, she has toured with Tadashi Suzuki in the Suzuki Company of Toga’s Dionysus and director Robert Wilson in Persephone. She performed the role of Jolly (as standby for Patti LuPone) in David Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood on Broadway.   She also performed in An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein and The Water Engine at the Atlantic, Off Broadway.  Kelly teaches the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and the Viewpoints training with SITI and at the Atlantic Theater Acting School, NYU and at workshops and universities throughout the US.

Tom Nelis

(Charles Hay Cameron) With SITI Co: Score; bobraushenbergamerica; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; War of the Worlds; The Radio Play; Going, Going, Gone; The Medium; Orestes. Broadway:  The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Aida.  Off Broadway:  Road Show, Richard III, Henry IV, the title role in Henry VI, The Merchant of Venice, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Public Theater);  Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons);  Ipheginia 2.0, Hot ‘N’ Throbbin, (Signature Theater);  The Merchant of Venice (Theater for a New Audience);  Laurie Anderson’s Songs and Stories from Moby Dick (BAM);  Lilith (New York City Opera);  Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecencies (Mineta Lane);  Hot Mouth (Manhattan Theater Club);  Another Person is a Foreign Country, The Trojan Women/A Love Story,Marathon Dancing, Strange Feet (En Garde Arts);  Pearls for Pigs (Ontological Hysterical Theater);  The Blue Sky is a Curse (The Talking Band).  Also regional theaters across  the country. In addition, he has performed with The Suzuki Company of Toga in Dionysus.  Awards; OBIE (The Medium), San Diego Circle Critics Ensemble Award (Wintertime), Drama League Nomination (Score), Barrymore Nomination (Candide).  MFA, UC San Diego.

Barney O’Hanlon

(George Frederick Watts/The Porpoise) has been collaborating with Anne Bogart since 1986.  As a member of  SITI he has performed nationally and internationally with productions of Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Intimations for Saxophone, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Dispute, Hay Fever, bobrauschenbergamerica, War of the Words, War of the Worlds –  The Radio Play, Culture of Desire, Cabin Pressure, and Small Lives/Big Dreams.  He has also choreographed and appeared in the world premiere of Nicholas and Alexandra at Los Angeles Opera, Lilith and Seven Deadly Sins at New York City Opera as well as additional Bogart productions at the Alley Theatre, Trinity Rep., River Arts Rep., and Opera/Omaha.  Other regional credits include Tina Landau’s 1969 at ATL, Stonewall: Night Variations for EnGarde Arts, Deadly Virtues and Hamlet at ATL, and Jon Robin Baitz’s A Fair Country for Steppenwolf.  His choreography has appeared at BAM’s Harvey Theater, Arena Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera and at the Prince Music Theatre. He recently directed and choreographed the world premiere of systems/layers a dance/theater collaboration between SITI and the Kentucky based band Rachel’s, and appeared in the Rude Mechs’ Match-Play based on Deborah Hay’s award-winning dance The Match.

Stephen Duff Webber

(Alfred Lord Tennyson) has performed with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in theaters all over the U.S. and at festivals around the world including The Kennedy Center, BAM, The Humana Festival, Melbourne Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, American Repertory Theater, Dublin Festival, Wexner Center, The Israel Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and The Bogota Theater Festival. Off Broadway: Radio Macbeth, Death and the Ploughman (CSC), War of the Worlds (BAM), Culture of Desire (NYTW), Trojan Women 2.0 (En Garde Arts), Hotel Cassiopeia (BAM). SITI Credits: Radio Macbeth (Macbeth), Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, War of the Worlds (Orson Welles), bobrauschenbergamerica, systems/layers (with Rachel’s), La Dispute, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cabin Pressure, Going Going Gone, Culture of Desire, The Medium, Private Lives, Hay Fever, War of the Worlds – The Radio Play (Orson Welles), Short Stories. Regional Theater: American Repertory Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theater, Magic Theater, Portland Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Court Theatre.

James Schuette

(Set and Costume Design) – has designed 19 productions as a member of SITI Company, including Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, La Dispute, Intimations for Saxophone, Bob, Culture of Desire, Room and Score. Recent work as a set and/or costume designer includes Oedipus Complex at the Goodman Theatre, The Unmentionables at Steppenwolf Theatre, The Elephant Man at Minnesota Opera, Un Ballo in Maschera at Boston Lyric Opera. and Hello Dolly at Papermill Playhouse. His work has been seen at Arena Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep, Mark Taper Forum, the Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Prince Music Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, EnGarde Arts, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Glimmerglass Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Colorado, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Colorado, Seattle Opera, and internationally. Upcoming projects include Julius Caesar at ART, Blythe Spirit at Trinity Rep and I Capuleti e I Montecchi at Glimmerglass Opera.

Brian H Scott

(Lighting Design) – is a SITI Company member and has designed lighting for Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, systems/layers, Death and the Ploughman, bobrauschenbergamerica, War of the Worlds – The Radio Play, and the Midsummer Night’s Dream touring production.   He has designed lights for: Hamlet at Classic Stage Company; The Darkling for American Opera Projects, The Importance of Being Earnest at the Arena Stage, Marina: A Captive Spirit with American Opera Projects, Twisted Olivia w/members of the Ridiculous Theatre Company, Showpeople with Anne Bogart @ Exit ART, Macbeth (scenic and lighting design), The Laramie Project, Death of A Salesman in Baton Rouge, LA, and Get Your War On, The Match, Cherrywood, How Late It Was How Late (Production Design), Requiem for Tesla, El Parasio, Big Love and Lipstick Traces with Austin Theatre Company the Rude Mechs.

Darron L West

(Sound Design) – has been a SITI Company member since 1993 and first collaborated with Anne Bogart in 1990 while resident sound designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  His work for theater and dance has been heard in over 400 productions nationally and internationally.  His accolades include a 1998 Obie award for SITI’s Bob, The Princess Grace Award, an Entertainment Design Magazine EDDY, the 2004 and 2005 Henry Hewes Design award, a 2006 Lortell and AUDELCO Award.  As director: Kid Simple (2004 Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and Eurydice (Children’s Theater Co. Minneapolis), Big Love (Rude Mechanicals Austin, Texas), SITI Company’s War of the Worlds – The Radio Play and Radio Macbeth.

Megan E. Carter

(Dramaturg) – Prior to joining Women’s Project as the Associate Artistic Director in September 2006, Megan worked as a dramaturg and educator in Seattle and New York. Recent credits include Sand, transfigures, Corporate Carnival, and Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$ (WP); Mac Wellman’s Harm’s Way, aTack and the AmerikAn trip, tik (newFangled theatReR); Burial at Thebes and Sincerity Forever (New Workshop Theatre). In 2005, Megan curated the Building Bridges New Play Festival, which included works by Stephanie Fleischmann, Sibyl Kempson, and Erin Courtney. She has also worked with ACT Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program and Intiman Theatre’s award-winning Living History program. Megan is a collaborator on Lynn M. Thomson’s musical work-in-progress, Parlor Song, which completed a residency at Tribeca PAC. She received her MFA in Dramaturgy from Brooklyn College.

Elizabeth Moreau

(Stage Manager) – with SITI, Elizabeth has worked on the creation of Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Intimations for Saxophone, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Dispute, Hayfever, Death and the Ploughman, bobrauschenbergamerica, Score, and systems/layers (with the band Rachel’s), and has toured these as well as Bob, Room, War of the Worlds, War of the Worlds – The Radio Play, and Cabin Pressure. She has worked on Gull and Shutter with Lightbox, Match-Play with the Rude Mechs, Dead Man’s Cell Phone with Ms. Bogart, Apparition, To The Lighthouse, and Doris to Darlene with Les Waters.  Elizabeth is the Artistic Associate of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference.

  • The cast of FRESHWATER. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

  • Stephen Duff Webber, Tome Nelis, Gian-Murray Gianino, Ellen Lauren and Barney O’Hanlon in FRESHWATER. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

  • Akiko Aizawa, Tom Nelis, Ellen Lauren, and  Stephen Duff Webber in  FRESHWATER. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

  • Barney O’Hanlon and Akiko Aizawa in FRESHWATER. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

  • Gian-Murray Gianino and Kelly Maurer in FRESHWATER. Photo by Carol Rosegg.