Hanford Multicultural Theater Company is delighted to present Pamela Sterling’s play ‘LOUISA MAY ALCOTT – THE POWER OF A WOMAN’ in March. HMTC expects popularity of this piece since many have read Alcott’s famous book “Little Women”.

The screenplay is written by Pamela. She wrote this play to preform after retiring from her positions in the theater department at Arizona State University.

Pamela’s approach to writing this piece was to surround herself with objects that were metaphors for Louisa. This included apples, dolls, a desk, paper, pencils, journals and lots of her Louisa’s books. As well as books on Louisa, early feminism, suffragette history, the Civil War, parent/child relationships, her father Bronson’s diaries, and anything that would help Pamela understand who Louisa was.

She said: “Unfortunately, [there is] nothing written about his mother and almost nothing written in Alcott’s handwriting.

As Pamela was talking about Louisa, I said, “You are Louisa.”

She laughed and said, “We have a lot in common. But it seems presumptuous to make this comparison. I have written and published a few plays, but none are as famous as “Little Women”. And my productivity is far from there.

Louisa and Pamela are both writers. Both are women. Both civil rights activists. The two teachers. Both love Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. Both had complicated relationships with their father. Both had a pretty younger sister. The two feminists. The two cat lovers. Louisa was a servant for a time. Pamela served tables and loves to cook. A few small differences: Louisa was a good seamstress, an avid gardener, a shrewd businesswoman, and was tall. Pamella? Not so big.

Pamela noted that Louisa May Alcott is like Jo in “Little Women” and like her. All three loved acting and dreamed of being a famous actress.

Also, both came to love writing through acting. Moreover, Louisa dreamed of being a noted actress. However, her performances took place in the living room of her family home and for charity and were never paid for. Pamela has succeeded as a professional actress.

‘LOUISA MAY ALCOTT – ONE WOMAN’S POWER’ will be presented at the oldest church in Kings County, 14060 Hackett Street, Hanford. Tickets and directions for the production at HMTC.TicketLeap.com

Shows on March 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Silvia Gonzalez Scherer is the Executive Artistic Director of the Hanford Multicultural Theater Company.


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