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Due to popular demand, Flock Theatre once again presents their heartwarming new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved family classic “Little Women” at New London’s historic Shaw Mansion December 7-23 (Fridays through Sundays). Seating in this intimate historic setting is limited to 30 people per performance and tickets sell out quickly; reservations are strongly encouraged. Performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Previews are January 3 and 4. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for children and seniors. For tickets and more information, call 860-443-3119.
“Little Women,” directed by Flock’s Artistic Director, Derron Wood and co-directed by Anne Flemmang continues the collaboration between Flock Theatre and the Shaw Mansion, home of the New London County Historical Society. They previously partnered on “The Holly and the Ivy”, “The Importance of Being Earnest” (2009), “Pride and Prejudice” (2008, 2010), “The Cherry Orchard” (2011) and “Emma” (2012).
This new stage adaptation of “Little Women,” Louisa May Alcott’s story of four sisters growing up in Concord, Massachusetts during and after the Civil War, was written in 2010 by Julie Rattey, a frequent performer with Flock Theatre and resident of Westerly, Rhode Island. Miss Rattey, who most recently performed with Flock as Elizabeth Bennet in “Pride and Prejudice,” will play Jo March in the production. “Having the chance to bring this beloved story to life on stage with such a wonderful cast, and in the intimate setting of the Shaw Mansion, is an incredible opportunity for me both as a writer and a performer,” says Miss Rattey. “I’m so grateful to be a part of it. ‘Little Women’ is a heartwarming story of family, love, and the joys and pains of growing up, and I hope audiences will have as much enjoyment in seeing it as we are having performing it.”
Flock Theatre is a professional, not-for-profit theatre company based in New London, Connecticut. Founded in 1989, it is one the most adventurous classical theatre companies in New England. Whether working with the timeless words of Shakespeare, Molière, and Sophocles, or with more modern classics by writers such as Eugene O’Neill, John Steinbeck, and Oscar Wilde, Flock Theatre is dedicated to creating original, collaborative, and educational theatre. Perhaps best known for their long-standing summer Shakespeare in the Arboretum, Flock Theatre performs year-round in a variety of venues, including their winter “nest” at the First Congregational Church, on the New London Pier, at the historic Shaw Mansion Museum, and throughout New England. Internationally, Flock Theatre is highly regarded for their puppetry, including their long-standing collaboration with National Puppetry Conference. Through its Actor’s Conservatory, artistic residencies and programs at schools, Save A.R.T., and alliances with local organizations, Flock Theatre presents opportunities for artists of all levels of experience to expand their talents by working with professionals.
The Shaw Mansion was once the home of the wealthy merchant, Captain Nathaniel Shaw, who began building the granite mansion in the 1750s. During the Revolutionary War, the mansion served as Connecticut’s Naval Office. The house and grounds were owned by five generations of the Shaw family before being sold to the Historical Society in 1907. The mansion offers a unique combination of a family collection intimately tied to the region’s history, and an early collection of resources focused on the entire county.