Originally published in 1892, Charlotte Gilman’s short story is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature and illustrates the horrific attitudes of 19th century society towards the mental and physical wellbeing of women.
“I am incredibly excited and honored to share this work with Williamson County,” said Jeff Davis, Artistic Director of Agape Theatre and playwright of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER. “Gilman’s short story has inspired me since I first read it over 15 years ago, and adapting the 6,000 word story into a full-length play allows for us to expand upon and explore its themes and ideas in a thrilling new way.”
Agape Theatre staged a one night only Workshop Production of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at the Georgetown Public Library. The Workshop Production featured CiCi Barone as Jane and Ismael Soto III as John. As the Workshop Production utilized a staged reading format, a Narrator was added to read the stage directions for the audience. The Narrator was played by Evelyn LaLonde.
“The Workshop Production has been the most valuable part of the developmental process,” says Jeff Davis. “The show was extremely well-received by our audience, and our patrons genuinely want to see a fully-staged production of this story. Still, the play is still a work in progress, and our audience has given us some constructive feedback which will make the next version of the show even stronger. We know know what worked, what didn’t, and what needs a little more thought and development. What we’ll stage in 2017 will be a shorter, more suspenseful story that in many ways is even closer to the themes and motifs found in Gilman’s classic short story.”
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER features some situations and language that may not be suitable for audience members under the age of 13. Parental discretion is advised.