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"Louisa May Incest"

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Gage, Carolyn (American playwright, March 14, 1952- ), "Louisa May Incest,"

a 30-minute drama in English set in Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1868,

2f,

© 1994, script/rights available from Carolyn Gage, 136 Nichols St. #1, Lewiston, Maine 04240, U.S.A., telephone 207-782-5521, e-mail cgage@javanet.com. Cited by playwright July 3, 1997, and updated April 15, 1998, July 30, 1998, and March 25, 1999; Gage says,

Dramatis Personae Louisa May Alcott (f), writer; Jo March (f), Louisa's alter ego

Synopsis "Louisa May Alcott has locked her alter ego Jo March out of her study in order to finish Little Women alone. Jo manages to break in. She confronts Louisa about her desire to end their collaboration. Louisa admits her intention to have Jo burn all her writing and marry the aging and self-righteous Professor Bhaer at the end of the book. Jo knows her author better than Louisa knows herself, and she begins to uncover Louisa's true motives in violating her own creation. When Jo introduces evidence of Bronson Alcott's incest of his daughter and Louisa's lesbianism, the conflict between Jo and Louisa becomes a life-and-death struggle for control of the book."

Comment Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), American author, was the daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott (1700-1888), American teacher and philosopher.  See Catalog of Lesbian Plays by Carolyn Gage.

Themes alter ego, character as character, female homosexuality, incest, novel, writing.

See also Carolyn Gage's

  • "Jane Addams and the Devil Baby," a 20-minute drama in English set in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., 1912, 3f
  • "Mason-Dixon," a 35-minute drama in English set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.A., 1865, 2f

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