I’m very happy to announce that INDIE THEATER NOW will be publishing my one-woman play, THE YELLOW WALLPAPER — adapted from the classic, short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The play received its world premiere production at Manhattan Theatre Source in March 2009, before it toured a number of libraries and other metro-area venues, including a command performance at Lycoming College in PA, where it was curated and enthusiastically endorsed by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program Chair, Dr. N.J. Stanley, as “an absorbing portrait that delves into the tormented mind of a woman who is trapped in a world she cannot escape.”
Featuring Annalisa Loeffler; Directed by DeLisa M. White; Stage Manager: Laura Schlachtmeyer (2011 IT Award-Winner: Outstanding Stage Manager), Lighting Design by Lauren Parrish; Costume Design by Jeanette Aultz; Assistant Director: Jenny Rosenbluth; Photos by Charles Jeffreys….with Sound and Set Design by yours truly. Co-produced by the Manhattan Theatre Source Playground Development Series and North Shore Theatre Group.
First published in 1891 in New England Magazine, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is widely regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women’s physical and mental health.
THE STORY: New England, 1891. Jane, a sensitive and imaginative woman, finds herself sequestered on a remote estate that her husband, a physician, has rented for the summer. She is forbidden to write, and must hide her journal entries as she recuperates from what he has diagnosed as a “temporary nervous depression” following the birth of their baby. Without anything or anyone to stimulate her, Jane becomes obsessed by the wallpaper in her bedroom as the effect of her domestic oppression and stifled creativity begins to take a toll on her sanity.
Here’s a link to the 2009 promo trailer on Youtube: