The Concord Visitor Center will present a production of “Between Us Sisters, Little Women: A Living History Dialogue with beloved Louisa and May Alcott”. The performance will take place at the main branch of the Concord Free Public Library (129 Main St., Concord) on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.
What lies between two sisters? Secrets, compassion, support, intimacy, rivalry, jealousy, empathy. Perhaps some of the most famous sisters of all time are the Jo, Amy, Meg, and Beth of Little Women fame, the classic coming-of-age story set in Civil War-era Concord, Mass. Their real life inspirations were the Alcotts, Louisa, Anna, May, and Lizzie, all deep-spirited personalities who have enchanted readers across the world. But the relationship between Louisa and May remained a largely unexplored mystery – until now. Concord playwrights Amy Cole and Stefanie Cloutier have created an intimate living history performance that brings these two siblings to life. Based on primary sources including letters, journal entries, and books, Cole and Cloutier uncovered innermost details between these beloved Little Women. Their 1.5 hour long production, “Between Us Sisters” features period costumes and a close-up conversation between Louisa and May. How did May come to draw the illustrations for the first edition of Little Women? Why did Louisa feel so strongly about women’s rights and why were they integral to her stories? How were May and Louisa’s parents supportive yet flawed? Cole and Cloutier’s portrayal brings a nuanced portrait of these Little Women to life in the world premiere of Between Us Sisters.
The performance includes a Q and A session as well as an opportunity to view original photos.
Amy Cole (Playwright and Actor) has a bachelor’s in Theater Arts from Emerson College in Boston and is a longtime docent, interpretive guide and trainer. She has scripted, directed, and acted in numerous tours and performances for major historical landmarks, including The Richard H. Driehaus Museum and Glessner House in Chicago, Ill.
Stefanie Cloutier (Playwright and Actor) has a longtime background in theater, including musicals, comedies, dramas, Shakespeare, etc. She has performed in murder mystery improv and has written, produced and performed her own trilogy about motherhood.
Please register at www.concordlibrary.org. This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.