FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 18, 2019
CONTACT: Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications
Little Women Tells Big Story in the Next Stage
Memphis, TN – Little Women, adapted and directed by Jason Spitzer and based the on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, saunters into the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis February 8 – 24, 2019. A period romance, four sisters live with their mother in New England as their father is away serving as a chaplain in the Civil War. The family has recently lost its fortune and struggles to support itself as the girls grow and face their own personal moral challenges, guided by their religious faith. Resolutions come as the girls explore love, the world and celebrate family connections with their individual progress and success.
Director Spitzer brings a love of the original work to life with his take. “When I sat down to adapt the show, I knew immediately that I wanted to use the intimate Next Stage space and that I wanted to stage the show in the round. This is a beloved classic (the book is now celebrating its 150th anniversary) about four young women discovering their identities, family, faith, love, friendship.” Spitzer recalls. “I love nineteenth century literature and after adapting and directing TM’s A Christmas Carol and participating in three of TM’s Jane Austen productions, I started to think about other stories I wanted to tell. I vividly recall having an animated conversation with a friend about Alcott's Little Women and I knew it was the perfect choice. I presented the idea to Theatre Memphis Executive Producer, Debbie Litch, and she fell in love with the idea.”
“Little Women is the type of classic story that we love to produce in our Next Stage,” Litch, muses. “Revisiting the familiar relationships with a fresh perspective only deepens the appreciation we have of the original work in book form. These are BIG roles for the women (and men) in this cast and there is nothing small about the effort our production staff has put into this glorious version.”
TITLE: Little Women
ADAPTED BY: Jason Spitzer from the novel by Louisa May Alcott
DIRECTOR: Jason Spitzer
VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117
RUN DATES: February 8 - 24, 2019
TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays
ADDED PERFORMANCE: Wednesday, February 20 @7:30pm; TALK BACK February 21, @ 6:45pm, before the show
TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 student; $20 Military and 62 and older
BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323
SPONSORED BY: The Menke Family Foundation
MEDIA SPONSORS: WKNO 91.1 FM, The Memphis Flyer, Germantown News, The Best Times
Promotional image attached. Production photos available February 5, 2019.
Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.
Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:
First Tennessee Foundation/ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission.