Virginia Woolf's Freshwater

A staged reading at the Grolier Club, New York

Wednesday, 19 November, 6 p.m.

The first American performance of Virginia Woolf’s comedy, Freshwater, will be held on Wednesday November 19th in New York’s Grolier Club. The play, a hilarious send-up of Woolf’s great-aunt, the famed photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, and her friends poet Alfred Tennyson, painter G. F. Watts, and actress Ellen Terry, was written for a private Bloomsbury theatrical party in 1931. It is being presented in conjunction with the Grolier Club’s exhibition, This Perpetual Fight: Love and Loss in Virginia Woolf’s Intimate Circle (17 September–22 November 2008).

This staged reading is sponsored by the William Morris Society in the United States, the Grolier Club, American Friends of Arts and Crafts in Chipping Campden, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, and the Victorian Society in America.

Arthur Giron, the director, is a playwright and former head of the Graduate Playwriting Program at Carnegie Mellon University. A founding member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, the nation’s foremost play development organization, Giron had been called “One of our best contemporary dramatists” by critic Rosette La Mont. His latest play Emilie’s Voltaire won the Galileo Prize and will open in New York in 2009. The cast includes Liza Vann as Julia Margaret Cameron. A recipient of the Clarence Ross Fellowship from the American Theatre Wing, she has performed extensively in regional theatre. Her latest work is Good Ol’ Girls, which airs on PBS later this year.

Tickets: $12 reduced rate for members of the Stickley Museum and other sponsoring organizations, $18 for all others, may be purchased from the William Morris Society in the United States, either online at

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. A reception will follow the performance.

For more information: (302) 831-3250.

Location: The Grolier Club is at 47 East 60th St., New York,

More information on this performance can be found on The William Morris Society’s blog.

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One Response to Virginia Woolf's Freshwater

  1. Heather says:

    Sounds like a wonderful event.

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