March 12-27, 2011

Based on the writings of Virginia Woolf
Directed by Anne Bogart
Adapted by Jocelyn Clark

Harvested from a lifetime of Virginia Woolf’s writing, Room traces the movement of a creative spirit in exquisite crisis, an artist in a pressure cooker of articulation who seeks room to move, room to breathe, and room to imagine.

“A theatrical representation of the writer’s mind, an abstraction painted with theater’s animated tools.” – The New York Times

“Watching Lauren climb the walls of Neil Patel’s terrifyingly empty set leaves one images, both haunting and heroic, of a great mind abandoned to itself — free and unmoored, equally.” – Critic’s Pick, New York Magazine

“Fans of Woolf and adventurous dance/theater shouldn’t hesitate to head to this production by Women’s Project and SITI Company!” – Huffington Post

“The production is so imaginatively directed by Anne Bogart as to seem almost like a modern dance performance at times.” – Associated Press

Anne Bogart

(Director) – Anne Bogart is the Artistic Director of SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program. Works with SITI include American Document, Antigone, Under Construction, Freshwater, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, La Dispute, Score, bobrauschenbergamerica, Room, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, War of the Worlds—The Radio Play, Alice’s Adventures, Culture of Desire, Bob, Going, Going, Gone, Small Lives/Big Dreams, The Medium, Noel Coward’s Hay Fever and Private Lives, August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, and Charles Mee’s Orestes. She is the author of three books: A Director Prepares, The Viewpoints Book and And Then, You Act.

Jocelyn Clark

 (Adaptation) – Jocelyn Clark is a freelance dramaturg and writer. He is a member of the artistic staff of the Sundance Theatre Lab and has taught dramaturgy at the Kennedy Center (D.C) and at Columbia University. He has written five plays for Anne Bogart and SITI Company – Bob, Alice’s Adventures, Room, Score and Antigone. Here You Are Human, his new project with the Tiger Lilies, premiered in the Archa Theatre in Prague in September.

Ellen Lauren

(Actor) – Associate artistic director for SITI. Company credits include: Under Construction, Radio Macbeth, Who Do You Think You Are, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Room, bobrauschenbergamerica, systems/layers, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, The Medium, Culture of Desire, Going, Going, Gone, Orestes, and American Document with Martha Graham Dance Co. National and international venues include: Bonn Germany, Iberoamericano Bogota, BAM Next Wave, Humana, Bobigny, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Singapore Festivals; Wexner, Krannert and Walker Center for the Arts; In NY; Dance Theater Workshop, NYTW, CSC, Miller, Public, Joyce Theater. Regional credits with SITI include: San Jose Rep, ART Cambridge, Court Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville: (including Picnic, Adding Machine, Hay Fever, Miss Julie, Private Lives). Ongoing classes and residencies in the US and abroad over 18 years. Additional credits include The Women (Hartford Stage), Seven Deadly Sins, New York City Opera -(Kosovar Award for Anna II) Marina, a Captive Spirit, all with Anne Bogart. Resident company member: StageWest, Mass., The Milwaukee Repertory, The Alley Theatre, Houston.  Associate artist for The Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), under the direction of Tadashi Suzuki; Venues include, Moscow Art Theatre, Toga Festival, Alexandrinksky Theatre, RSC, Theatre Olympics Athens and Shizuoka Japan, Buenos Aires Festival, Vienna Festival, Istanbul Festival, Festival Mundial Chile, Teatro Olympico Italy, Montpelier France, Hong Kong Festival. Ongoing faculty member: The Juilliard School of Drama; Associate Director Summer Training Program, Toga, Japan.  Fox Fellowship recipient for Distinguished Achievement 2008.

  • ROOM Interview with star Ellen Lauren

  • Ellen Lauren in ROOM, photos by Chasi Annexy

  • Ellen Lauren in ROOM, photos by Chasi Annexy

  • Ellen Lauren in ROOM, photos by Chasi Annexy