Orlando By Sara Ruhl: Textual Analysis

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Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, adapted by Sara Ruhl, explores gender and sexuality as it follows the experiences of a young nobleman, Orlando, who undergoes a sex change. The production took place on May 7th, 2017 at the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre and was directed by School of Drama faculty member L. Zane Jones and assistant director Tatiana Pavela. This paper observes how Nina Williams-Teramacht portrays two characters, an Archduchess Harriet/ Archduke Harry, and a chorus member. As an Archduchess Harriet/Archduke Harry, she portrays a character who is ludicrous and silly. As a chorus member, she portrays a character who is subtle and is the opposite from the Archduchess Harriet/Archduke Harry.
In the play Orlando, Nina Williams-Teramacht
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Her voice projection was extremely important as it brought attention and respect to the audience. She carried a strange and unique sounding voice by alternating the tone of her voice from high to low. The audience can see Williams-Teramacht was passionate about the character(s) she was performing as she brought the script to life. Throughout the scenes, we can see that the actor’s role as Harriet/Harry is very different from the other characters in the play. When Williams-Teramacht’s character as the Archduchess first encounters Annie Willis, who plays the character Orlando, she repeatedly laughs by “Tee-heeing” and “Haw-hawing” after every line. Her character automatically becomes more intriguing as the audience recognizes that Williams-Teramacht plays an amusing and ridiculous …show more content…
This can be seen when the actress repeatedly shows up at the character Orlando’s castle day after day even though the audience can tell that Annie Willis plays someone who is clearly annoyed. An example would be when the Annie Willis runs across the stage to hide under the desk and Williams-Teramacht appears under the desk as well to get her attention. As a part of the audience, I felt like I was watching two lovers going back and forth with each other. The two actors used the whole stage thus making it more interactive with the audience.
One of the major climax in the plot is when the two characters Orlando and the Archduke Harry plays a game with each other where they bet money as to where the fly will land. The audience can see that tensions arises between the two characters when Orlando keeps cheating and eventually Harry finally catches her. Williams-Teramacht begin to portray a character who is enraged by Orlando’s actions. Williams-Teramacht no longer appears as a character who is happy but instead looks annoyed and disappointed and walks off the

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