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From the Diary of Virginia Woolf

  • Volumes Bookcafe 1474 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL, 60622 United States (map)

This January, we invite you to celebrate the birthday of literary and feminist titan Virginia Woolf. Readings of her work and original material will be shared, operatic music, as well as a staged dramatic performance of Dominick Argento's Pulitzer prize-winning song cycle, FROM THE DIARY OF VIRGINIA WOOLF.

FROM THE DIARY OF VIRGINIA WOOLF is the story of a brilliant, queer, mentally ill woman, which resonates as well today as it did in 1975 (when it was composed) or in 1941 (when the diary ended). Woolf's diary is the closest we'll get to an autobiography, fitting for one of the pioneers of stream of consciousness literary writing. Through Argento’s meticulous and conscientious musical setting, though, we tell her story in her own words in an unconventional, interactive production.

The performance will be put on by the same feminist music collective that brought you Miss Manners On Music this fall. Virginia Woolf will be played by Marysa Abbas, with music direction/accompaniment by Jordan Crice and stage direction by Rose Freeman. Donations are always welcome!

Earlier Event: January 19
Whine Club #8: Dear Mr. President
Later Event: January 31
MCA Screen: Open TV