Little Women, an adaptation by Scott Adamson based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. It tell the story of the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March - detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, and is loosely based on the author and her own three sisters.
Share this timeless and enduring classic about the March sisters’ journey from childhood to maturity during the American Civil War. Audiences of all generations will enjoy acquainting — or reacquainting — themselves with the sisters: Meg, the eldest; Jo, the high-spirited tomboy; Amy, the self-centered beauty; and gentle Beth, as well as their beloved Marmee and Father. Together the March family learns to endure both good times and bad as they share the joys and pains of growing up. This adaptation skillfully compresses the novel while still including milestones.
The play ends with Jo’s realization of her life’s work — the publication of her first novel.
Interlaced with warmth, family loyalty and traditional values, all these important events provide us with a better understanding of our own lives. Penned by Louisa May Alcott 140 years ago, this much-loved classic tale has a message still relevant for audiences today.
Fiona Kennedy has directed several plays for Villanova Players, including Cosi in 2009 and Indian Ink in 2006. A Shifting Heart in 2007 and Creche and Burn in 2011. She has also graced our stage as an accomplished actress in many productions, in Live at the Trocadero in 2009 and the title role of Edith Stein in 2008 and Diary of a Scroundel in 2012.
Professional actor, writer and director Scott Davidson resides with his family in Chicago, where he is the Director of Theatre at Pleasant Company’s American Girl Place, a very successful retail store with a professional theatre especially dedicated to the needs and interests of young girls. He has been active in the family theatre movement since his own childhood when he was a member of the Rainbow Company Children’s Theatre Ensemble. He holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Southern California and is a past board member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. He is the founding Artistic Director for both the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre and the Serendipity Theatre Company. These California theatre companies have both won national and international recognition. he has also written an adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit.
Louisa May Alcott
(November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist best known as author of the novel
Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys.
Raised by her transcendentalist parents in New England, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals
of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau.
Nevertheless, her family suffered severe financial difficulties and Alcott worked to help support the family from an early age. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early in her career, she sometimes used the pen name A. M. Barnard. With her pen name Louisa wrote novels for young adults in juvenile hall.
Published in 1868, Little Women is set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts and is loosely based on Alcott's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The novel was very well received and is still a popular children's novel today.
Alcott was an abolitionist and a feminist. She died in Boston on March 6, 1888.