Louisa’s Little Women

Louisa’s Little Women
Adapted by Beth Lynch and Scott Lynch-Giddings
Available from Eldridge Plays and Musicals
6-12 m; 9 w; 6 or more women as extras

By itself, the sweetness and wholesomeness of Louisa May Alcott’s 19th-century classic Little Women, the story of a tomboy and her three sisters coming of age during the Civil War, might be a little too saccharine for a cynical modern audience. But this warm, intelligent play is grounded by scenes from Alcott’s real life, as a daughter of an abolitionist father, as a published author in a male-dominated business world, as a volunteer nurse during the war, and as a suffragette. Woven into her novel, we see just how radical these independent girls were for their time.

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