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Recommended Theater Play – Finding Jo March by Laramie Dean

Welcome to Spotlight Play. You should know this right away Finding Jo March by Laramie Dean is not a traditional adaptation of little woman.

A young writer dives into the world of Louisa May Alcott’s most famous novel to bring the story to life (with a little help from their friends). Suddenly the March sisters are back, and the writer is one of them… Jo! But as the lives and loves of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy unfold, the present constantly threatens to pull the writer back to reality, where a tragedy they have yet to deal with awaits.

It’s about telling someone else’s story so you can find your own.

Why did I publish this piece?
I’ve seen this piece in development for a while and it’s a delight to be able to share it with the world! Finding Jo March is a heartbreaking, uplifting and unique interpretation of its original source material little woman It beautifully blends the past and the present. Sees the story through an LGBTQ+ lens through a connection between Jo March’s story and the play’s main character’s story with their identity. You must take this piece and share it with your students.

Let’s hear from the author!

1. Why did you write this piece?
I loved little woman since I was a kid and read my tattered, illustrated copy to pieces. I was intrigued by the challenge of bringing a new adaptation to the stage and playing with time: was there a way to allow the March sisters and their friends to take part in the 1860s and today? I also wanted to write something for my students to explore LGBTQ issues from different perspectives, especially since many are underrepresented and rarely, if ever, see people like them on stage.

2. Describe the theme in one or two sentences.
It’s about telling someone else’s story so you can find your own.

3. What is the most important visual material for you in this play?
The moment Amy falls through the ice. It is the climax of act one and can be done very simply with lights and music.

4. If you could give one piece of advice to those producing the piece, what would it be?
Build trust with your actors. Let them have fun and be themselves. Encourage them to put into words how they relate to the characters in the play, to those they embody, and to others.

5. Why is this play great for student performers?
It gives them some great comedic moments as well as incredibly heartbreaking scenes (try not to tear up when the Writer’s father abandons them and their mother). It also allows your students of different sexual orientations or gender identities to see themselves represented in a play that they experience for themselves.

6. Do you have any advice for people who want to play this game online or socially distanced?
Live music will help.

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