Branwell (and the other Brontes): an autobiography edited by Charlotte Bronte

Branwell Brontë has always been desperate to keep up with his brilliant sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. On his deathbed, the sisters use the magic of worlds created when they were children to keep them all distracted from the harsh reality of not only Branwell’s impending death, but the sisters’ recent literary successes – each has had a novel published. But the family discovers that the thing they love...
Branwell Brontë has always been desperate to keep up with his brilliant sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. On his deathbed, the sisters use the magic of worlds created when they were children to keep them all distracted from the harsh reality of not only Branwell’s impending death, but the sisters’ recent literary successes – each has had a novel published. But the family discovers that the thing they love best and are best at, creating stories, is sometimes the very thing that causes the greatest destruction.

Though set in the past, Branwell (and the other Brontës): an autobiography edited by Charlotte Brontë is about how, throughout time, we tell and use stories and fantasy to deal with our realities. It explores the pain and necessity of creation when encountering grief and loss.
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Branwell (and the other Brontes): an autobiography edited by Charlotte Bronte

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  • Angelica Howland:
    29 Jul. 2019
    Bittersweet, fanciful, and so theatrical! This story paints a multidimensional journey into the ins and outs of sibling rivalry seen through the imaginations of the Bronte family. A wonderful play with a large female cast.
  • Byron Nilsson:
    23 Apr. 2019
    A delightful (and heart-wrenching) journey through the fantasy world these siblings created, as the magic of the imagination proves to be not enough to sustain the unfortunate Branwell through his creative disappointments.
  • Doug DeVita:
    16 Mar. 2019
    What a gorgeous piece of writing; heartbreakingly touching and wildly theatrical, Kaplan captures the dynamics of a creative family with a sometimes acidic, sometimes honeyed pen, and in the process creates a vivid world of sorrow, loss, fear, and the redeeming power of love. Beautiful.

Character Information

  • Charlotte Brontë
    Any
    ,
    Female
    the ringleader and one who likes to be in charge
  • Emily Brontë
    Female
    strident and does not like being bossed around, thinks herself above her siblings
  • Anne Brontë
    Female
    the baby of the family, the peacekeeper
  • Branwell Brontë
    Male
    lost, desperate to hold his own among his sisters
  • Maria Brontë
    11,
    Female
    originally the eldest Brontë, died years earlier and a ghost – acted as a surrogate mother to her younger brother Branwell, and still cherishes that role
  • Elizabeth Brontë
    10,
    Female
    originally the second eldest Brontë, also died earlier and a ghost – over it all and does not want to be there

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Writer's Theatre of New Jersey
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    The Blank Theatre Company - Living Room Series
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    The Tribe Theater Company
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Point Park University
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Unseen and Unheard - Mason Holdings
    ,
    2016

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
O'Neill Theatre Festival
,
2017