from the team that brought you
the 2017 Hollywood Fringe International Award Winner & Pick of the Fringe,
LADIES IN WAITING: THE JUDGEMENT OF HENRY VIII comes their next project…
meg jo beth amy & louisa
devised and written by Tier5’s revise/devise ensemble
directed by Ariel Francoeur
Assigned with the super boring task of writing a novel for young girls, Louisa May Alcott finds herself in a state of writer’s block. That is until she turns to figures and stories from her own life. The lines between fact and fiction begin to blur, as her novel, Little Women, is played out upon the stage. Louisa’s self-examination of her own sexuality, as well as unfinished family drama, weaves itself through the story in quirky, queer, and sentimental ways. Life may be the best inspiration, but what if you are afraid to learn who you are?
Part adaptation, part biography…
but definitely NOT your Marmee’s Little Women
Equity Approved Showcase
Louisa May Alcott … Hilary Kelman
Niles the Publisher … James Cougar Canfield
Meg March / Anna Alcott … Maya Bhagwat Bassuk*
Jo March … Nicole Orabona
Beth March / Lizzie Alcott … Michelle Walker
Amy March / May Alcott … Margaret Gorrell
Marmee / Abigail Alcott / Aunt March … Pilar Adara*
Theodore “Laurie” Laurence … Mel Gonzales
John Fucking Brooke / etc. … Benjamin Cardona
Professor Bhaer / Mr. March / etc … Brandon Thomas Martin
Lady / etc … Dana Placentra
*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
In 2015, Tier5 began its life as a collective of graduate students from East 15 Acting School’s MFA Acting (International) program in London. Its first project, Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII, was a dark comedy/drama that allowed Henry VIII’s wives to finally tell him how much he actually sucked.
Ladies in Waiting went on to have sold-out, critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., winning the 2017 Hollywood Fringe International Award and the 2017 TVolution Award for Best Ensemble. In 2018, it made its US regional theatre debut with Southwest Shakespeare Company in Scottsdale, AZ, enjoying another critically acclaimed, sold-out run.
In 2018 and 2019, Tier5 began workshopping its next two productions, meg jo beth amy & louisa (Dixon Place) and The Wonderful of Wizard of Oz (Shetler Studios), both contemporary re-tellings of classic American novels.
Taking the well-worn tropes and known facts of history and literature and revisiting them through a feminist and queer light clicked and Tier5 found its voice, and now, we’re incredibly excited to present our second production.
meg jo beth amy & louisa premiered in a workshop production with Dixon Place in New York City, on November 1, 2018. It kicked off its Summer 2019 tour in New York City at the Balcony Theatre at the Center at West Park, April 24- May 4th, 2019.