By Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Valentina Fratti
With Kathleen Chalfant
“I am the first, best champion of Emily’s genius.” – Mabel Loomis Todd
Best known as Emily Dickinson’s posthumous editor, Mabel Loomis Todd is a woman of the world. Priding herself on being an inspired conversationalist, she invited scandal by enjoying a glass of wine in mixed company, and she certainly wasn’t afraid to expose her ankles in a dress. Now in her 70s and living on Hog Island in Maine, the accomplished journalist and naturalist regales us with tales of her storied life, spilling secrets and revealing the true nature of her relationship with one of America’s most celebrated poets.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman’s world premiere play is brought to the stage in this insightful and impassioned tour-de-force performance by one of theater’s most beloved performers, Kathleen Chalfant.
Founded in 1972 by Margot Harley and John Houseman from the first graduating class of the Juilliard Drama Division, The Acting Company is the only professional theater solely dedicated to the development of the young classical actor. Through a rotating repertory of classical and new plays, the Company has given two generations of recent drama school graduates the opportunity to hone their craft by playing challenging roles to a range of audiences early in their careers. The Company has launched the careers of some 400 actors, including Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Dakin Matthews, David Schramm, Rainn Wilson, Derek Smith, Frances Conroy, Harriet Harris, Tom Hewitt, Henry Stram, Stephen DeRosa, Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin, Roslyn Ruff, and Jeffrey Wright, among numerous others. The Acting Company has been honored with numerous awards, most notably a special 2003 Tony for Excellence in Theater. Among over a dozen new works commissioned to complement the classical repertory are plays by Tony Kushner, Marcus Gardley, Rebecca Gilman, David Grimm, John Guare, Jeffrey Hatcher, Beth Henley, Meg Miroshnik, David Mamet, Lynn Nottage, Ntozake Shange, Maria Irene Fornes, Charles Smith, Spalding Gray, Michael Weller, and Wendy Wasserstein.
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The Miranda Theatre Company, founded in 1989, has developed and presented over 30 New York and world premieres of plays by writers that include Adam Bock, Cusi Cram, Jeff Daniels, Bronwen Denton Davis, Israel Horovitz, Laurel Ollstein, Adam Seidel, and Emily Whitesell. A not-for-profit organization, it is dedicated to the development and production of new plays that offer hope, while they explore the challenges that face us both as individuals and as member of the global community. With this kind of work, they believe that theater has the power to transform and inspire audiences to work for a future that embraces positive change. Their annual Liz Smith Reading Series celebrates Women’s History every March.
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