Willamette University Theatre showcases "Orlando"

After living as a young man for more than 100 years, an English nobleman awakens one morning to discover he’s become a woman.

This phenomenon sets the scene for the Willamette University Theatre Department’s production of “Orlando,” opening Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pelton Theatre.

Director Gabrielle Brewer-Wallin says the audience should expect “Orlando” to be funny and bittersweet, literate but highly accessible. It also makes a statement about gender, noting that everyone, regardless of their government or culture, should receive the same political, economic and social rights.

“This show will not only entertain audiences, but they will leave the theatre with something to think about,” Brewer-Wallin says.

“Orlando” is based on Virginia Woolf’s acclaimed novel and was later adapted by the award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl.

The play is showing Sept. 28 through Oct. 13, 2012, with a preview performance Sept. 27. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., while 2 p.m. matinees are planned for Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 and 13.

Tickets for these showings cost $12 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors 65 and older, and $10 per person for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, by calling the WU Theatre Box Office at 503-370-6221 or by email at They are also available at Travel Salem, 181 High St., 503-581-4325.