Little Women

In this adaptation four actors in an attic retell Louisa May Alcott's classic novel. Using found objects from across time (balloons, hula hoops, ribbon dancers, and more), the players create scenes of love, loss, and the ever glowing warmth of the March family hearth. Jo goes on a journey of artistic self-discovery and coming of age as she struggles to become the writer she longs to be amid the classic...
In this adaptation four actors in an attic retell Louisa May Alcott's classic novel. Using found objects from across time (balloons, hula hoops, ribbon dancers, and more), the players create scenes of love, loss, and the ever glowing warmth of the March family hearth. Jo goes on a journey of artistic self-discovery and coming of age as she struggles to become the writer she longs to be amid the classic triumphs and troubles of Meg, Beth, Amy, and even Laurie. It is through a sense of play that Jo and her sisters find themselves, spending time in the attic making fairy stories with witches and heroes, or spending an evening reciting the articles written for their beloved imaginary newspaper. It is, however, through the tragedy of losing her sister Beth that Jo finally finds her voice as an artist, and moves into adulthood with the knowledge that while families change and grow apart, the ones we love are always close at heart.
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Little Women

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  • Shaun Leisher:
    6 Dec. 2020
    I went into this play expecting to be intrigued by the idea of how it would be performed with so little scenery and only 4 actors. After reading this I came to the realization that this might be the best Little Women adaptation I've ever come across both on stage and screen. By cutting out characters and scenes, Chrisler is able to really focus on the states of mind of the March sisters. We are able to hear conversations that we miss when the story is bogged down with period aesthetic. This is the Little Women I hope becomes canon.

Development History

  • Reading
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    One-Off Theatrical Productions
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
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    First Folio Theatre
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
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    Ohio University
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    First Folio Theatre
    ,
    2019

Awards

Selection
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Kilroys List
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The Kilroys
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2020