Little Women

Little Women

2018-05-04T19:50:21+00:00 November 22, 2010|Director's Notes|
by ERIK DeCICCO, Director of LITTLE WOMEN

 

Little Women was completed by Louisa May Alcott in the 1860’s and published as a two-volume novel. The first volume was published in 1868 and the second in 1869. The world of Little Women is filled with economic shortcomings, war, love, and loss of loved ones. Although it was penned in the mid-1800’s, its relevance today continues to make the story of Little Women a treasured American classic. The appealing nature of the story and the universal themes and characters that run rampant in Alcott’s world have inspired generation after generation and have ultimately lead to Little Women’s position as a mainstay in American Literature. The book has since been adapted into many film versions, two musical versions, an opera, a Broadway play, and several other dramatic versions.

John D. Ravold finished his interpretation of the story in 1934 and it has since been performed thousands of times around the globe. Ravold’s script differs from other dramatic versions, in that the action of the play takes place entirely in the March’s home. This very specific picture of the world of Little Women offers a more honest and realistic view of the lives of the four girls and the most important inhabitants of their world. The play is presented in three acts, and much of the secondary characters and sub-stories of Alcott’s original novel are absent from the play. It would be absolutely impossible and improbable to capture the entire story of Little Women in one sitting. However, the playwright has cleverly chosen to focus on those characters and situations that have the most effect and power over the lives of the March Sisters. I thoughtfully encourage you to enjoy this very intimate view of the March family in a new and revealing way.