Room (Photo by Chasi Annexy)


November 2000
Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio

The play is about the room to move, the room to breathe, the room to imagine, emotional room, creative room.

Virginia Woolf wrote with delicacy, humor, anger, outrage, and passion from the point of view of a highly creative woman in the first half of the 20th century. Her issues are still contemporary. Room examines these notions from the perspective we now share at the beginning of the 21st century. Sampled from a lifetime of writings by this remarkable artist, Room traces the movement of a creative spirit in exquisite crisis. The play is about the room to move, the room to breathe, the room to imagine, emotional room, creative room. It is a play of many voices embodied by one actress, the extraordinary Ellen Lauren. Lauren portrays a modern-day woman, an artist, in the pressure cooker of articulation.

“In her first solo performance, Lauren is a tour de force.” —Columbus Dispatch

Note about process: 

Imagine a room. A woman stares through a window into the light of a very particular afternoon. She ponders life and continuity. In the margins of this daily life, she knows, lies a mystery.

“She will light a torch in that vast chamber where nobody has yet been. It is all half lights and profound shadows like those serpentine caves where one goes with a candle peering up and down, not knowing where one is stepping. ‘But let me turn the light of this observation onto real life,’ she thought. Does it help to explain some of those psychological puzzles that one notes in the margin of daily life?”

Room does not attempt to portray or embody Virginia Woolf. Rather, Ellen Lauren is an American actress, also in a room, who enters into the world, thoughts and writing of Woolf. She is our guide into the mind and experience of this extraordinary English writer who was profoundly interested in the world around her.

“It winds toward an ecstatic climax that Woolf might call rapture. Room turns out to be a challenge to us all, men and women, to savor memory and probe beneath the empty skin of the every day. We all need that of our own.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Anne Bogart’s innovative New York troupe has done it again, creating a post-modernist montage of words, images and sounds that takes willing viewers on a fascinating interior journey.” —Columbus Dispatch

Directed by:
Anne Bogart


Adapted by:
Jocelyn Clarke


Created by:
SITI Company


Ellen Lauren


Lighting Design:
Christopher Akerlind


Set Design:
Neil Patel


Costume Design:
James Schuette


Sound Design:
Darron L West 


Assistant Lighting Designer:
Brian H Scott


Production Stage Manager:
Kris Longley-Postema


Associate Producers:
Roberta Pereira
David Roberts


Executive Director:
Megan Wanlass

Commissioned by The Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, City Theatre in Pittsburgh and SITI Company