Open Stage closes 32nd Season with ‘Little Women’

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After spending the past year spotlighting powerful women in art and theater, it only seems fitting that Open Stage of Harrisburg will close its 32nd Season with an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic, Little Women.

“In a season where we chose to celebrate ‘Lifting Up Women’s Voices’ we thought that Little Women would be the definitive way to end this chapter at Open Stage. Alcott truly helped define American literature and feminist literature,” said Stuart Landon, Producing Artistic Director.

Local writer Laura Dugan brings new life to the timeless classic, which follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. In her retelling, Dugan spotlights the power of sisterhood as the March sisters experience personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love.

“I love Little Women because even though it was written nearly 150 years ago, the themes are timeless: siblings will fight and reconcile, people will fall in love, families will face challenges. It’s relatable and makes you feel that somehow everything will be okay in the end – even if the end isn’t one that you expected,” Dugan said.

While the show pays homage to its classic roots, audiences can still expect to see the show from a new perspective.

“I think people will see a really fresh point of view with this adaptation. Plus, we have the most talented cast of Capital Area artists that I think this stage has ever seen,” said Marketing Manager Rachel Landon. “The combined resume of this group of actors is mind-boggling, and the emotional journey of these familiar characters is told through a truly phenomenal ensemble.”

Little Women closes Open Stage’s wildly successful 2017-2018 season, which included Akeelah and the Bee, Alice in WonderlandCollective RageThe Diary of Anne Frank, The FlickFun Home, and The Vagina Monologues. Three of the shows are part of the top 10 highest grossing shows in the company’s history.

Landon believes the season’s success has been driven by today’s political and social climates.

“I think it reflects the needs and wants of the audiences in the community –  to see stories about complicated, nuanced women, people of color and LGBTQ people,” she said. “When we are inclusive with our stories, we are inclusive with our audiences.”

Little Women runs June 8-30. Tickets and more information can be found online or by calling the box office at 717-232-6736.

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