October 6, 2021

Live Theatre Returns to Salem State with ORLANDO

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From Salem State University Center for the Arts

The Salem State Theatre department returns to the Sophia Gordon Center stage with a production of Orlando, directed by theatre faculty Julie Kiernan. The show runs two weekends, October 14 through 17 and October 21 through 24. The Thursday, October 21 performance will be a SALEM NIGHT, with free admission for Salem residents.

Orlando, a charismatic nobleman, has enjoyed a lifetime of adventures: he becomes the favorite of Queen Elizabeth the First, he dallies with many fine ladies, losing his heart to one mysterious Russian Princess, he wanders Shakespeare’s London, he travels to Constantinople, where his reputation for spectacular debauchery is indeed vast. But after a nighttime encounter with a gypsy, Orlando sleeps for seven days, and wakes to live again — as a woman. As Orlando adapts her bold, free demeanor to the strict and hampering skirts and expectations of feminine behavior, the changing world around her — from Victorian England to the busy department stores of the 20th century — illustrates the mutability of gender and the fluidity of attraction.

Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of the 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf is a poetic dance of identity across centuries. “The play is fun, and funny, and while it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it is simultaneously extremely poignant, “says director Julie Kiernan. “It poses questions about who we are, what we call love, and how society dictates our perceptions and experiences. Orlando is an exploration of self-discovery and self-acceptance that transcends time itself.”

Performances take place October 14-16 at 7:30 pm; October 17 at 2 pm; October 21-23 at 7:30 pm; October 24 at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 general/$10 seniors and free for college students and those under age 18. Tickets are available online at https://salemstatetickets.com or at the door.

Campus Covid-19 safety policies include wearing masks indoors on the Salem State campus, regardless of vaccination status. Venue capacity is reduced, and seating is distanced 1-2 seats between parties. The venue will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Salem State Covid-19 safety policies are detailed online at: https://www.salemstate.edu/covid19

About the Center for Creative and Performing Arts

Salem State’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts (CCPA) provides the arts explorer a singular destination to experience world-class guest artists and award-winning student and faculty performances in dance, music and theatre as well as art exhibitions and spoken word events. The CCPA is committed to providing diverse, inclusive and affordable arts experiences to the communities on Boston’s north shore. Visit https://salemstate.edu/arts for calendar information. 

About Salem State University

Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. One of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth, Salem State enrolls about 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers 32 undergraduate programs and graduate programs that offer degrees in 24 fields. The university also has a continuing education division that offers both credit and non-credit programs. Known for the academic strength of its faculty, Salem State was named a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars in 2011 and for the 2016-2017 academic year. The university is designated a Top College and University by Military Advanced Education and a Best for Vets College by Military Times. Salem State proudly participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement and has shown a student voting rate well above the national average, earning the university a gold seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.