Founder and artistic director of Persephone Productions, Gabrielle Soskin performs this one-woman show as Virginia Woolf.
A dramatization of Woolf's infamous lectures on women and fiction, originally presented in October of 1928 at Cambridge University and later published as A Room of One's Own, the production explores feminist themes and the struggle of the female artist throughout history as originally presented by Woolf — in the form of a lecture.
No small feat for director Jennifer Piercy and performer Soskin, but evidently not a challenge they couldn't overcome. With a stage kept, at best, minimal, Soskin brought life to the lecture: at once, transforming the stage into a bank by the river or the courts and quadrangles of Oxbridge, to a dining-room, a sitting-room, a restaurant, even into Woolf's wild mind, all the transporting us back time and again to 1928, to the lecture hall at Girton College. An extremely dense and challenging piece that Soskin handled tremendously well with much confidence and vigour.
Although Woolf's lectures were presented over 75 years ago, her views on the position of women in art are still, to this day, very applicable — not only to the feminist, but to everyone.
An insightful, lively, and oftentimes, humorous presentation of Woolf's argument that a woman needs two things if she is to write fiction: money and a room of her own. On until March 13th at Le Monument-National, La Balustrade.
Performed by Gabrielle Soskin, Persephone Productions
A Room of One's Own
Le Monument-National, La Balustrade
1182 St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal
March 8-13, 2005, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: (514) 871-2224