A free staged reading of the 2009 Todd McNerney National Playwriting contest winner, written by Michèle Aldin Kushner. This historically based play spans 30 years and centers on the lives of two sisters, Phoebe and Alice Cary, famous in their time as widely published authors and advocates of women’s rights. Part of the Stelle Di Domani Series at Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
The Cary sisters
The play by Michèle Aldin Kushner, winner of the 2009 Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest, spans 30 years in the life of famed poet sisters Alice and Phoebe Cary. The sisters, who were hailed by contemporaries Elizabeth Cady Stanton and William Lloyd Garrison, were prolific writers in the 1800s, publishing poems and short stories in The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker.
Contemplate dreams and desires
Kushner explores the sisters' pursuit to balance liberal principles against the early 19th century. Phoebe, the more vocal of the two in her feminist beliefs, worked as an editor for Susan B. Anthony's newspaper, The Revolution. Alice, the more prolific, wrote poems and short stories, and her piece "Pictures of Memory" was hailed by Edgar Allan Poe as "one of the most musically perfect lyrics in the English language." Theater and poetry enthusiasts alike will welcome the opportunity to see a young playwright bring these two incredible artists' work to life.
Two nights only
Feminazis should snap these tickets up fast, because Advanced Women is only open for two nights. Playing at the Simons Center, the show promises to "expose bittersweet realizations of moments lost."