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'Little Women' by Louisa May Alcott

November 21, 2013

An adaptation of Lousia May Alcott's novel for children, 'Little Women,' begins Nov. 21 at the University Theatre, directed by Laura Jones. The story about four sisters takes place during the American Civil War. The girls remain close and happy, despite limited means.

Image by CSU Photography.University Theatre
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street

Story of feminine strength

A new stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel explores the coming-of-age adventures of four “little women,” Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.

The classic stories of the March girls growing up in Civil War New England are told with humor, fierce tenderness, and pride.

In Alcott’s lasting tribute to feminine strength and independence, all four face dilemmas and decisions driven by their conflicting desires to be dutiful daughters and sisters while pursuing their artistic passions and freedoms.

Performance dates

  • Nightly, November 29, 30, December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Matinees: December 1, 8, 15 at 2 p.m.

Adaptation unique to CSU

The world premiere adaption, by Writer/Director Laura Jones, is CSU’s own molding of the popular novel.

“It’s a devised work, meaning we took the material that was in the public domain and we were free to use it how we wanted,” Jones said. “[The play] is unique to this particular ensemble of actors and designers – a collaborative process.”

Part of that process was exploring a rare path that truly made this production a work that was unique unto CSU: improvisation.  

Image by CSU Photography.“What we did was to take incidents from the book and improvise them,” Jones said. “We staged the actors, put them on their feet, and told them not to worry about specific dialogue, but just to banter back and forth. Then I would go back and write from that improvisation.”

Past, present, and future commingle

Another truly challenging aspect of Little Women is the passage of time within the story. The story follows these four women from when they are young, until they come of age and become women in their own right. And therein lays both an opportunity and a challenge.

“We decided in our adaption that we wanted to show passage of time but also show the whole notion of the girls growing up,” Jones said. “We start when [the girls] are little, but we see their personalities really coming through to establish the status of the four.”

“So how do you switch it up to when they grow older and keep it consistent?” Jones continued. “I think that is going to be really cool for an audience to see.”

Little Women is a classic American story that has stood the test of time and remained an audience favorite through the years. Family and friendship and the love that stems from these relationships will be the preeminent theme in the production, coinciding with the joy and hope of the Holiday Season.'

“It all comes back to friends and family and those relationships,” Jones said. “And that is something that holds true in this play. It will warm the cockles of your heart.”

Image by CSU Photography.Tickets

  • $8/CSU students
  • $8/youth (under 18)
  • $18/public

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, or online. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

Get tickets.

Ticket Thursdays

CSU students may enjoy free admissions on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 12. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. You must present your CSU ID in person at the Box Office to receive your ticket.

Ticket Sundays

Northern Colorado residents who are over 22 may enjoy free admission on Sunday, Dec. 1, Sunday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 15. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Box Office to purchase additional tickets. You must present your ID in person at the Box Office to receive your ticket.

Ticket Sundays are sponsored in part by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund. 

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Contact: Carrie Care