Susan Glaspell is often called “The mother of American Drama” for her role in founding the Provincetown Players during the early 20th century. Glaspell’s play, ALISON’S HOUSE—inspired by the life of Emily Dickinson—was deemed the “rankest outsider” ever to win the Pulitzer Prize when it won American drama’s highest honor in 1931, and the backlash against it discouraged any New York revival until the Mint’s acclaimed production 70 years later.

Set on the last day of the 19th century, ALISON’S HOUSE takes audiences on a fictional journey inside the home of a beloved poet as her family wrestles with complex questions about personal privacy for public people when they discover a cache of profoundly personal, and compromising, poems and letters.

“The Mint’s production demonstrated unequivocally not only the theatrical viability, but also the humor and poignancy of Glaspell’s play,” observed Professor J. Ellen Gainor of Cornell, author of “Susan Glaspell in Context: American Theater, Culture, and Politics, 1915-48”. echoed the praise calling the production “an excellent rendition of a play that has undeservedly been cast aside…a splendid work of theater, one that speaks resonantly to us today as we approach the dawning of a new millennium.”1


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  • Ann Leslie Sharron Bower
  • Jennie Ruth Kulerman
  • Richard Knowles David Fitzgerald
  • Ted Stanhope Matt Opatrny
  • Louise Sarah Brockus
  • The Father Lee Moore
  • Eben Gerard O’Brien
  • Elsa Karla Mason
  • Miss Agatha Ann Hillary


  • Set Design K. Maynard
  • Lighting Design Mark T. Simpson
  • Costume Design Moe Schell
  • Assistant Director E. Downes Lewis
  • Stage Manager Mazerati A. Nieves