ORLANDO (adapted from the original by Virginia Woolf)

 

Based on the Virginia Woolf novel, this is the story of a young nobleman who is drawn into a love affair with Queen Elizabeth I. For a time, life at court is interesting enough, but Orlando yearns for something more. As he strives to make his way as a poet and lover, his travels keep him at the heart of a dazzling tale where gender and gender preferences shift regularly, usually with hilarious results.


Orlando was first produced at Classic Stage Company in New York City in September 2010, directed by Rebecca Taichman.


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CHARACTERS:


Orlando (played by a cis-woman, gender fluid or self-identified woman)

Sasha (played by a woman)

 

THE CHORUS

(may be cast without regard to gender and

may be double-cast.

May be played by as few as three actors and as many as eight, but

the author suggests a chorus of three gifted men to play all the roles)

 

Queen Elizabeth

Shakespeare

The Archduke/Archduchess

Miss Penelope Hartopp

A washerwoman

Favilla

Clorinda

Euphrosyne

A Russian Sea-Man

Othello

Desdemona

A Sea Captain

A maid—Grimsditch

A maid—Dupper

Marmaduke Bonthrop Shelmerdine, Esquire

A Salesperson


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