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Louisa May Alcott: The Power of a Woman, on stage

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Pamela Sterling becomes Louisa May Alcott at the Open Eye Theater this weekend. Contributed photo.

Pamela Sterling becomes Louisa May Alcott at the Open Eye Theater this weekend. Contributed photo.

MARGARETVILLE — The Open Eye Theater continues its acclaimed series of plays about historically important women with “Louisa May Alcott: The Power of a Woman,” written and performed by Pamela Sterling. Previous offerings in the series include “Seneca Falls,” by Karen Howes, music by Elliot Sokolov and “The Belle of Amherst,” by William Luce, adapted and performed by Sybil Rosen. This new solo play opens Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7:00 p.m., and will have four performances, running through Oct. 6.

Known worldwide and loved by every generation for her book “Little Women,” Alcott led a life filled with adventure and surprise. She was an actress, a nurse in the Civil War, author of several famous books for girls, and under the pseudonym A. M. Barnard, wrote her personal favorites that she called “blood and thunder tales.” She was, as she notes in her journal, the first woman in Concord to register to vote.

Announcing the schedule of performances, producing artistic director Amie Brockway said, “Working with Pamela Sterling on her play Louisa May Alcott: The Power of a Woman has been a wonderful journey for The Open Eye. We were fortunate to be involved in its early development, and now we have the honor of giving it the first fully-staged production. Pam, as both playwright and actor, has immersed herself in this outstanding American’s life, and shares her fascinating story in a delightful ninety-minute presentation.”

Pamela Sterling added, “It’s fun to be back in Margaretville, working at The Open Eye, where so many new plays find their way to the stage. I love the audiences here, and look forward to our conversations following each performance.”

Louisa May Alcott: The Power of a Woman performs at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville, Oct. 3-6, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The theater is fully accessible, and there is plenty of parking in the Village Park behind the theater. For reservations and further information, phone 845.586.1660 or email openeye@catskill.net. Tickets may be purchased online at www.theopeneyetheater.org.

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