A Note From Tim:
Louisa May Alcott was a hundred years ahead of her time. She was an independent woman long before that concept was tolerated. She was a professional artist, making her own way during a time when this was not merely difficult, but nearly unthinkable. She also loved her family fiercely. The same passion that made her a world-renowned artist also fired her relationships.
Alcott lets us into the secrets of her passions through the character of Jo. Early in the play, Jo tells her Aunt March, “I’ve got a fire inside me!”
Early on, we see the four sisters are acting out Jo’s “Operatic Tragedy” in their attic clubhouse, then later that same fervor comes through when Jo refuses to accept the muleheaded rejections from small-minded publishers. Jo reminds us, “We live for what we have inside us. We live to expand our minds, fulfill our dreams!”
And now, Allan Knee, Mindi Dickstein, and Jason Howland have created for us an emotional, musical version of Alcott’s powerful story.
While her family appreciated and loved Jo (well, usually), the world took a much longer time to see what she had to offer. Jo eventually found a willing partner in Professor Bhaer, who helped her to bring to life all that was inside her.
Near the end of the play, Jo sings, “Sometimes when you yearn, you burn the air. And then you are not the same.”
And when you come to share Little Women with us, you won’t be the same either.