Alison's House

7 October 2009 – 7 November 2009

It is 18 years since Alison Stanhope, the country's foremost poet, died.

Now the house must be sold. But the house holds secrets. Is it right for the family to protect itself and its past or does Alison belong to everyone? Did Alison sacrifice the man she loved for the sake of her family's reputation? And who do such sacrifices benefit?

The struggles in the play are set in America in 1899, on the cusp of the 20th century in which very different values will come to prevail.

Inspired by the life and work of Emily Dickinson, this play won Susan Glaspell the 1931 Pulitzer Prize and our production develops our relationship with the author after productions of The Verge, Inheritors and the recent Glaspell Season, which included the hugely successful Chains of Dew.

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