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Berkeley Repertory Theatre

The Waves in Quarantine

April 29–May 28, 2021

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

In kitchens and on couches, at beaches and on rooftops, The Waves in Quarantine invites an audience into the creative process. As Virginia Woolf ingeniously excavated the inner lives of six friends in her groundbreaking novel, Lisa Peterson and her collaborators (including four-time Tony Award nominee and star of Law & Order: SVU, Raúl Esparza) create a film in six movements that meditates on themes from the musical adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece The Waves.

The Waves in Quarantine builds upon Woolf’s gorgeous prose to reveal an intimate look at where art meets isolation, creating something entirely new in the process. This theatrical experience for the screen gifts us with many of the things we’ve been missing in the past year: music in unexpected places, the intimacy of strangers, metaphor in the ordinary. Through a combination of dazzling choral music, text from the novel itself, exquisite visual imagery, and access behind the scenes as these artists imagine, question, explore, and experiment, The Waves in Quarantine juxtaposes the majestic with the everyday to forge a truly unique work of interdisciplinary art, made of and for this moment.