A satirical play by Virginia Woolf received its professional premiere today in New York, NPR reports. Featuring figures like poet Alfred Lord Tennyson and painter George Frederic Watts, Freshwater lampoons "high-falutin', oldish, long-bearded Victorians," the play's producer said. Woolf wrote the hour-long farce as a fun project for her free-spirited, Bloomsbury circle friends.
"It burned my hands, because I started leafing through it and the language just popped off the page," director Anne Bogart said. "The idea of Virginia Woolf writing a play for her family to perform for their friends is so full of the exuberance of theater in the first place—the amateur spirit that actually makes theater happen."