Alison's House by Susan Glaspell
142 Addison Road, Marrickville, NSW, 2204, Australia
4th April 2018 to 11th April 2018
Inspired by the life and work of the American poet Emily Dickinson, Alison's House by Susan Glaspell is a (lost) classic and Pulitzer Prize winner. It is 18 years since Alison Stanhope, the country's foremost poet, died. Now the house she lived in must be sold, but it holds secrets. Does the private life of a public figure belong to the world? It is a question of these times, yet this play from 1930 set on New Year’s Eve in 1899, starts with this very question. In a classic example of life imitating art imitating life, Emily Dickinson’s estate denied Glaspell the use of Dickinson’s name and work, so she rewrote the script, changing the name to Alison. One of American drama's best kept secrets, Glaspell was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, an actress, director, novelist, biographer and poet. A contemporary of Eugene O'Neill, Glaspell was a founding member of the Provincetown Players, an important collaborative in the development of modern drama in the United States.