Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel tells a story of discovery, heartbreak and growth through the eyes of Orlando, a boy at the start of the play but a woman by the end. For UCI's production, director Annie Loui created a language of body movement that reinforced a beautiful surrealistic narration of Orlando's life, as he/she travels from Elizabethan times to the modern day in search of love and meaning.
The constantly-warping timeline of the show presented me with the opportunity to control the pace and mood with musical underscore. Even the sound cues, from the crackling of ensuing frost to the mechanical world of the 20th century, take on a musical quality. The soundscape of the show intensifies as Orlando becomes more and more overwhelmed by the world.