Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tucson: Invisible Theatre presents VITA & VIRGINIA



Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 12:00 PM
Subject: Invisible Theatre presents VITA & VIRGINIA



The Invisible Theatre


Vita & Virginia

By Eileen Atkins

Adapted from the correspondence between

Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West

with award-winning Broadway stars



Directed by Pamela Berlin


Through the generous support of Bob and Mary Ann Stubbs


WHEN:                       January 12, 2008 at 8:00 pm

                                    January 13, 2008 at 3:00 pm


WHERE:                     The Berger Performing Arts Center

                                    1200 W. Speedway Blvd

                                    On the campus of the AZ School for the Deaf & Blind


TICKETS:                  Ticket Price:  $42 per person

                                    Call (520) 882-9721 for reservations and information

                                    Discounts available for groups of 10 or more


RUSH TICKETS:       One half-hour prior to curtain for any scheduled performance, tickets are available for half price – subject to availability


RUNNING TIME:       2 hours with an intermission


The Invisible Theatre is proud to present a not-to-be missed theatrical event – New York theatre, film and TV stars Kathleen Chalfant and Patricia Elliott in VITA & VIRGINIA.  Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, members of the illustrious Bloomsbury set and two of the greatest writers of the 20th century, met at a dinner party in 1922 and began an affair lasting 20 years.  Their revelatory letters to one another chronicle their extraordinary relationship and are a love-fest for the English Language. 

“An adventure in beauty to draw on joyously as long as heart and memory endure.”

                                         - New York Magazine


KATHLEEN CHALFANT (Virginia) is one of America’s greatest and most sought-after actors.  Her Broadway credits include:  the ENCORE! Presentation of BLOOMER GIRL, ANGELS IN AMERICA (Tony and Drama Desk nominations) and M. BUTTERFLY.  She is also regularly seen Off-Broadway in such acclaimed productions as GREAT EXPECTATIONS at TheatreworksUSA, 5 BY TENN at Manhattan Theatre Club, GUANTANAMO at the Culture Project, WIT (Drama Desk, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, and Outer Critics Awards), NINE ARMENIANS (Drama Desk nomination) and others.


Her film and television work includes Perfect Stranger, The Last New Yorker, The Last Days of Disco, Side Streets, Random Hearts, Kinsey, “Book of Daniel” (recurring role) “The Laramie Project”, “Benjamin Franklin”, “A Death in the Family” (Aunt Hannah) for PBS Masterpiece Theatre, “Law & Order” (Lisa Cutler), “The Beat” (recurring role), “Storm of the Century” (Stephen King miniseries for ABC), “Prince Street” (recurring role), “Spin City”, “LA Law” and “One Life to Live”. 


She received the 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, 1998 Connecticut Critics Circle Award (Wit), 2000 Ovation, Garland and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards (Los Angeles) for WIT and Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards for body of work.  She is a founding member of the Women’s Project and sits on the board of The Vineyard Theatre, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  She is an advisor to Theaters Against War.  Ms Chalfant was an artist in residence at the Weill College of Medicine of Cornell University for 2005-2006, was the Beineke Fellow at the Yale School of Drama in the spring of 2006 and is a member of the board of advisors of MSF/Doctors Without Borders.


PATRICIA ELLIOTT (Vita) won Broadway’s triple crown in 1973 – Tony award, Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award – for her performance as the Countess Charlotte in Stephen Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.  It was her first Broadway show and her first musical.  She was nominated for a second Tony as Beverly in the Pulitzer Prize-winning A SHADOW BOX.  Her numerous other Broadway and Off-Broadway performances include Mrs. Kendal opposite David Bowie in THE ELEPHANT MAN, Dorine in TARTUFFE (Drama Desk Award Nomination, Best Actress) opposite Tammy Grimes and John Woods, Jason Robard’s daughter in A MONTH OF SUNDAYS, Mrs. Linde and Miss Elvsted opposite Claire Bloom in A DOLL’S HOUSE and HEDDA GABLER and as Regan opposite Lee J. Cobb in KING LEAR at Lincoln Center – her debut performance in New York.  Of her many appearances in regional theatres throughout the country, audiences remember her Beatrice in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at the American Shakespeare Festival in 1969, the first Beatrice at the Festival since Katherine Hepburn.  Her starring roles in regional theatre include Sir Tyrone Gutherie’s ORESTEIA, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, AS YOU LIKE IT, among others, at the Tyrone Gutherie Theatre in Minneapolis, and her Antigone in Anhouilh’s ANTIGONE, Sonya in UNCLE VANYA, Major Barbara in MAJOR BARBARA ETC. at The Cleveland Play House.  She starred in ALL THE WAY HOME, as Elvira in both BLITHE SPIRIT and HIGH SPIRITS at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and as Mary Stuart in Schiller’s MARY STUART, ARTURO VI and Gilda in DESIGN FOR LIVING at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. 


Ms. Elliott began her acting career at Harvard University and desiring to be a classical actress, trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, before beginning her professional career in Regional Theatre followed by Broadway. 


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