We are pleased to announce the publication of Sarah Ruhl’s Chekhov’s Three Sisters & Woolf’s Orlando: Two Renderings for the Stage which includes an introduction by the author. The two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist (The Clean House; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play) offers two new dramatic renderings for the stage. Ruhl’s version of Three Sisters was commissioned by, and premiered in 2009 at, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Orlando was commissioned by, and premiered in 1998 at, the Piven Theatre Workshop, before receiving its NYC premiere in 2010 at Classic Stage Company.
“Orlando captures both the intellectual spirit and the literary brilliance of Woolf’s work… Ruhl writes with the imaginative sweep that allows Woolf’s poetry to soar.”
In her stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending, period-hopping novel, award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl “is her usual unfailingly elegant, unbeatably witty self, cleverly braiding her own brand-name wit with Woolf’s” (New York). Preserving Woolf’s vital ideas and lyrical tone, Ruhl brings to the stage the life of an Elizabethan nobleman who’s magically transformed into an immortal woman. In her fresh translation of Three Sisters, the Anton Chekhov masterpiece of ennui and frustration, Ruhl employs her signature lyricism and elegant understanding of intimacy to reveal the discontent felt by fretful Olga, unhappy Masha and idealistic Irina as they long to leave rural Russia for the ever-alluring Moscow.
Sarah Ruhl’s other plays include the Pulitzer Prize finalists In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) and The Clean House, as well as Passion Play, Dean Man’s Cell Phone, Demeter in the City, Eurydice, Melancholy Play, Late: a cowboy song and Stage Kiss, which will receive its NYC premiere at Playwrights Horizons in the 2013-2014 season. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a PEN/Laura Pels Award and a MacArthur Fellowship. Her plays have premiered on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in many theatres around the world.