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UI Department of Theatre Arts to present “Orlando”

By October 30, 2019 No Comments

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts is preparing to open its next Mainstage production on the E.C. Mabie stage. Orlando, by Virginia Woolf, adapted by Sarah Ruhl will open on Friday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m.

Orlando is filled with curiosity and discovery – a search for self in one’s relation to their society, their family, their status, their loved ones, their body, and their own mind,” says director Erica Vannon. “Sarah Ruhl’s bold adaptation of the play is her own attempt to bring Orlando, a gender rebellious aristocrat, off the page and onto the stage by adding thoughtful narration to Virginia Woolf’s incredible poetry.”

About Orlando

Sarah Ruhl’s Orlando is a poetic dance of identity across centuries. Highlighting the fluidity of attraction and the mutability of gender, this dreamy adaptation from the original 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf is considered “the longest love letter in the history of English letters” from Woolf to her great love, Vita Sackville-West. One of the American theater’s most beloved playwrights couples her sweeping storytelling with the original, lyrical narration by one of England’s greatest authors to tell an epic story of love.

Performances will take place November 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 8:00 p.m. and November 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the E.C. Mabie Theatre, UI Theatre Building.

If you are interested in talking with members of the artistic team or cast, here are several who would be happy to discuss the production:

Please contact me directly at if you are interested in photos of the cast and artistic team at work, and I will work with you to find a time that works for everyone. At least 24-hours’ notice is required for a photographer to join the rehearsal.


$20 Adults
$15 Seniors (65+)

$10 Students & Youth
$5 UI Students (with valid ID)

Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office at 319.335.1160 or 1.800.HANCHER or online at

About the Director

Erica Vannon is a director and intimacy choreographer. At the University of Iowa, Erica has directed P o l a r i s (a tragedy expansion pack) by Charles Green, You Must Wear a Hat by Courtney Meaker, Love Bird by K.T. Peterson, Shoe by Marisela Treviño Orta, and Twilight Bowl by Rebecca Gilman. Chicago directing credits include Gender Breakdown by Dani Bryant at Collaboraction and The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood at The Poetry Foundation.

For more information contact:
Kristan Hellige, Marketing Specialist
The University of Iowa

Division of Performing Arts, Theatre & Dance
93 E. Burlington Street, 1400P VOX
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Hancher Box Office in advance at 319.335.1158.


The mission of the Department of Theatre Arts is to sustain a world-class theatre arts program where we develop new work and new artists through a creative, collaborative process. With respect for the great global traditions, we push the boundaries of theatre, using sophisticated tools and technologies. Provide space for diversity and to foster social responsibility and change. Nurture student artists and their work, prepare graduates for professional opportunities, support faculty as professional artists and scholars, and engage, delight, and challenge audiences. For more information on upcoming productions, please visit us online at or You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook and Instagram!


Marketing Specialist | Dance and Theatre

The University of Iowa | Division of Performing Arts

Voxman Music Building | 93 East Burlington Street, 1400P

Iowa City, Iowa 52242