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What if the one person who has vowed to love you – for better or for worse – in sickness and in health – took you away? From everyone that you cherish. From everything that sustains you…the sum of all that you are. Where would you go? What would you do?
 
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER tells the shocking story of one woman’s isolation, obsession, and descent into madness.

 

North Shore Theatre Group presents Annalisa Loeffler in an exciting, new one-woman play adapted from the classic short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. One actress. One hour! Touring theaters, libraries, colleges & schools Saturdays and Sundays, March 28 - May 31, 2009.  Suitable for adults and for children (ages 12 and over). Directed by DeLisa M. White. Costume Design by Jeanette Aultz Look.  Written by Greg Oliver Bodine.

 

 

 

 

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For booking inquiries (including pricing and availability) on this show, please contact us: info@nstg.org / (516) 922.3897

 

 

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was a prominent American novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and non fiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist during a time when her accomplishments were exceptional for women, and she served as a role model for future generations of feminists because of her unorthodox concepts and lifestyle. Her best remembered work today is her semi-autobiographical short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper", which she wrote after a severe bout of post-partum depression.


In 1884, she married the artist Charles Walter Stetson, and their only child, Katharine Beecher Stetson, was born the following year. Charlotte Perkins Gilman suffered a very serious bout of post-partum depression in the months after Katharine's birth. This was an age in which woman were seen as "hysterical" and "nervous" beings, thus, when a woman claimed to be seriously ill after giving birth, her claims were sometimes dismissed as being invalid.


Gilman sought help from the nation's premiere nerve specialist, Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell. He diagnosed exhaustion of the nerves and prescribed the Rest Cure, a controversial treatment
that Mitchell pioneered. The treatment he prescribed Gilman was called the Rest Treatment; it included: 1) bed rest, 2) isolation from family, 3) overfeeding to increase fat volume, 4) massage and occasional use of electricity on the muscles. To begin, the patient could not even leave her bed, read, write, sew, talk or feed herself. She tried for a few months to follow Mitchell's advice, but her depression deepened, and Gilman came perilously close to a full emotional collapse.


After she left Walter Stetson and returned to California with Katharine, Gilman's depression lifted, and she wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper,” with embellishments, to illustrate the impact of the Rest Cure: The story, she said, "was not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy, and it worked.” She sent a copy of it to Mitchell.  He never responded, but in her autobiography, Gilman reported that Mitchell had altered his treatment after the reading the story, a contention that has never been corroborated.

 

 

The Yellow Wallpaper (Play YouTube video trailer)

 

First published in 1891 in New England Magazine, "The Yellow Wallpaper" is widely regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women's physical and mental health.  WARNING: read on for plot spoiler.

The Story: New England, 1891. Jane, a sensitive and imaginative woman, finds herself sequestered on a remote estate that her husband, a physician, has rented for the summer. She is forbidden to write, and must hide her journal entries as she recuperates from what he has diagnosed as a "temporary nervous depression” following the birth of their baby. Without anything or anyone to stimulate her, Jane becomes obsessed by the wallpaper in her bedroom as the effect of her domestic oppression and stifled creativity begins to take a toll on her sanity. .

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Cast & Crew:

 

Annalisa Loeffler (Jane) For complete bio, please click here

 

DeLisa M. White (Director) For complete bio, please click here

 

Jenny Rosenbluth (Asst. Director) For complete bio, please click here

 

Jeanette Aultz Look (Costume Designer) For complete bio, please click here

 

Laura Schlachtmeyer (Stage Manager) For complete bio, please click here

 

Charles Jeffreys (Touring Stage Manager)  For complete bio, please click here

 

Greg Oliver Bodine*† (Writer)  For complete bio, please click here or visit his website at www.gregoliverbodine.com

 

 * Member of Actors' Equity Association,

 † Member of The Dramatists Guild of America

 

 


 

 

Other shows in the Solo Classics Series:

 

 A Christmas Carol

 

Poe, Times Two