Bishop Stang Theater Co. to celebrate women authors with Nov. play

Sep 16, 2022

The Bishop Stang Theater Company will celebrate two American women authors at its November performance.

The company will present “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott in a dramatic adaptation by Thomas Hischak.

The coming-of-age story brings to life the talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.

Continuing a celebration of American women authors, in March, the company will bring the American poet Emily Dickinson to life in a special production of the Belle of Amherst, a play by William Luce.

This inspiring one-woman show spans four decades of the life of the beloved and reclusive nineteenth-century poet Emily Dickinson.

Set in her Amherst home, Dickinson invites the audience into her parlor for an afternoon of tea, black cake, and stories of her life.

These plays have opened the doors to collaboration with the Bishop Stang English Department as they expand their curriculum to include two years of American literature.

Students will be provided study guides by the theater company for both productions.

The goal is to broaden students' understanding and appreciation for the works of both Alcott and Dickinson and to enhance classroom discussions about these artists and the productions themselves.