About little women

Under the guidance of their beloved mother, the four young March sisters -- tempestuous Jo, motherly Meg, shy Beth, and spoiled baby Amy -- struggle to keep their family going while Father's away in the Civil War. In this beautifully dramatized adaptation of the classic novel, even as privation, illness, and sibling rivalry cast their shadows, each girl strives to find her true self.

"American playwright Chamberlain has adapted the story flawlessly."


"The story, as revealed in Chamberlain's deft adaptation, is a warm tale of love, family, and individuality during the American Civil War."

Peter Vaughan, Minneapolis Star and Tribune

"From the start of the play to the reunion, Chamberlain has judiciously chosen events that display the personalities and maturation of the March girls... There's some good, solid dramatic craftsmanship to be seen here...it is a very good representation of Alcott's book, which was about the best inclinations in humanity and about the importance of family as the source of it all."

David Hawley, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch

"Chamberlain has chosen half a dozen or so of the book's low-key but revelatory incidents, vignettes that define each girl's character and provide her with a chance to learn... Chamberlain has tempered the book's admitted sentimentality, choosing to portray the girls' squabbles and sharp language as well as their strong and overriding love... [O]lder kids and adults should relish the flavor and zest of Chamberlain's adaptation."

Carla Waldemar, Twin Cities Reader


Marisha Chamberlain is best known for her play Scheherazade, which won the Dramatists Guild/CBS regional and national awards and has been produced widely throughout the United States and in London and Toronto. Her other plays include The Angels of Warsaw, winner of the Midland Authors Award, and Snow in the Virgin Islands, winner of the Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle Award. Besides Young Jane Eyre and Little Women, which played at the Stratford Festival Theater, Ms. Chamberlain has adapted a number of works for the stage including Nancy Drew, Aesop's Fables, The Canterville Ghost, and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. She is currently director of The Seneca Falls Project which features her chamber opera, Meeting at Seneca Falls, created with composer Carol Barnett, with whom she also wrote The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass. Ms. Chamberlain is a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships and lives with her family in Hastings, Minnesota.


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