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Virginia Woolf’’s Return to San Miguel

By Marc Taylor

A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf’s seismic essay on women and fiction comes back to San Miguel at the San Miguel Playhouse February 3 to 6 at 7:30pm, with a matinee on Saturday, February 6, at 3pm. Catherine Bryne portrays the author delivering the essay to the women at Newnham and Girton Colleges in 1928. At the time, these were the only colleges open to women, and the notion of feminist writing was effectively nonexistant.

A Room of One’s Own
Mon-Sat, Feb 3-6, 7:30pm
Matinee Sat, Feb 6, 3pm
San Miguel Playhouse
Independencia 82
Tickets at Ensueños Galería
Mesones 57A

In A Room of One’s Own, Woolf lays the foundation for women and writing. She encourages women to have a room of their own and an independent income as prerequisites to “that intellectual freedom of which great writings are born.” She wants women to free themselves from the bondage of patriarchal restrictions from education, enterprise, and free thought. “There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind,” she says in response to being locked out of the library of an august men’s college.

Catherine Bryne embodies Virginia Woolf. Her attention to the details of movement, voice, character, intensity, and integrity has earned her praise and inspired audiences in the United States and abroad. She has performed at venues from Florida to Vermont, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and here in San Miguel, when she headlined the Virginia Woolf Festival presented by Players Workshop in 2002.

Catherine and the San Miguel Playhouse bring “A Room of One’s Own” to an expanded audience. Anyone with an interest in Virginia Woolf, in the emergence of women in the arts in the 20th century, or wishing to be enlightened, entertained, and inspired is encouraged to make this performance a must see. Tickets for A Room of Ones Own are 200 pesos and may be purchased at the Ensueños Galeria, Mesones 57A, 10am—2pm or at the door one hour before curtain.  The San Miguel Playhouse is located at Avenue Independencia 82 in Colonia Independencia, about five minutes from the Jardín by taxi. All seats are reserved. Doors open one hour before performance, with bar service in the lobby seating area. There is free secure parking and taxi concierge service.


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