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The Orlando Project

Penn Theatre Ensemble

September 6-October 4

2020 Fringe Festival

28 minutes



Closed Captioning

Five theatre students in a rehearsal process were stranded, their work on the play Orlando (by Sarah Ruhl) at a standstill. Filming from across the United States, they instead created this soulful short film. Original music, freewheeling footage, and material from Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece blend in a narrative at once humorous and heartfelt, melancholic and philosophical.

The 28-minute film is available on YouTube throughout the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and beyond. 

Closed Captioning available via the YouTube stream.

You will find The Orlando Project live on YouTube  or bellow. Please view and enjoy the film whenever you would like.

Appropriate for all ages.


Available Anytime on Youtube


Free to Access on YouTube

About the Artists

Whitney Barrett
Olivia Demberg
Adam Ritter
Susset Tamayo
Matthias Volker

Marcia Ferguson

Original Music:
Marcia Ferguson
Adam Ritter

Thank you to
Noah Levine
Cat Johnson
Timothy Corrigan
Graham Corrigan
Cecilia Corrigan
The Theatre Arts Program at the University of Pennsylvania

More about the creation of The Orlando Project:

From the beginning of the semester through the start of spring break, the students in Dr. Marcia Ferguson’s class at the University of Pennsylania, “The Edinburgh Project,” read works by Virginia Woolf and rehearsed a production of Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Woolf’s classic novel Orlando. The production was to premiere in April on campus, then travel to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. Their rehearsals with Ferguson and their training with Blanka Zizka, Artistic Director of the Wilma Theater and the 2020 artistic resident for the Theatre Arts program, were cut short by the pandemic.

With the University moving to remote learning and the Edinburgh Fringe ultimately canceled for 2020, it was clear the course would not be able to proceed as planned. Looking for a way to build on this initial work within a new format, Dr. Ferguson gave the group a new assignment: weekly video projects in which the individual members of the class reflect on Ruhl’s play, the Virginia Woolf novel on which it was based, and their experience of the pandemic. The resulting film blends distinctive imagery, original music, and first-person accounts.


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