Behind a Mask

Before she became the celebrated author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (writing under a gender-neutral nom-de-plume) churned out lurid magazine fiction.

Although Alcott’s primary goal was to make money, this early work is very well-written. And some of it is surprisingly modern, featuring strong female characters who, instead of surrendering to fate, take matters into their own hands.

Behind a Mask – a story of love and deception, loaded with plot twists and populated by tormented characters – is generally considered the best of Alcott’s sensational potboilers. Its protagonist, Jean Muir, arrives in the Coventry household as a mere governess but soon takes command, making her social superiors dance to her tune. Is Jean pure evil, a femme fatale, a spider woman? Or is she simply doing what she has to do, as a Victorian woman of her social class, in order to survive? You be the judge.

Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Adapted and directed by Steve Schroer

WHEN
November 19 – December 12, 2004

WHERE
The Playwrights’ Center

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