This fall, Off-Broadway's Mint Theater Company will treat New York to a rare staging of Susan Glaspell's Alison's House, the 1931 Pulitzer Prize winning play. The production, directed by Linda Ames Key, will open Sept. 23 for a run through Oct. 17.
The play caused a sensation when first produced by Eva La Galliene's Civic Repertory Theatre. The play concerns a family's attempts to prevent the publication of a stash of letters written by a recently deceased relation, a poetess named Alison Stanhope. The story is widely thought to be drawn from the life of Emily Dickinson.
Glaspell (1882-1948) was one of the founders of the famed Provincetown Playhouse. Though she wrote several other plays, she never equaled the success she achieved with Alison's House.
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--By Robert Simonson