Treadwell: Bright and Dark, a One-Woman Play About the Life of Sophie Treadwell
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The young nobleman Orlando falls asleep one day only to wake and find himself in the throes of a surprising transformation in this erotic romp through the centuries. Adapted for the stage by MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl, Virginia Woolf's 1928 masterpiece Orlando, based in part on the life of Woolf's lover, Vita Sackville-West, has been described as "the most charming love letter in literature." Ruhl brings her trademark blend of feminism and fantasy to Woolf's gender-bending tale, which follows Orlando's adventures spanning 300 years. Learn More
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The acting is very convincing--Miss Flaim transitions seamlessly through a wide range of emotional dialogue. I was very taken by her character's charms and foibles. I left the theatre with the intention of learning more about Ms. Treadwell. The playwright Allyson Currin has included a few memorable lines about women's perceptions of other women.
How is it possible for Miss Flaim (for anyone) to recall and deliver 90 minutes of monologue!!!????!!! Amazing feat.
FYI: The small theatre uses older -model metal folding chairs. You may want to bring a seat cushion.
Written by Allyson Currin
Directed by Stephen Jarrett
Sophie Treadwell is portrayed by acclaimed Washington actress Melissa Flaim.
Sophie Treadwell's professional triumphs included a sensational in-person interview with the Mexican bandit Pancho Villa for the New York Tribune; an expressionist stage masterpiece, Machinal, that is today regarded as a classic; and victory in a courageous lawsuit against actor John Barrymore, who tried to steal one of her plays. But there were defeats and humiliations too. Throughout her life, Treadwell battled personal demons that threatened her happiness and even her sanity.