Hoover Porch Series: The Portrayal of Louisa May Alcott Featuring actress Lisa Wiley

 Wednesday, June 16, 2021 
7:30pm-8:30pm  
Hoover Auditorium Porch & 3rd Street

Lakeside Chautauqua is excited to partner with Women in History of Ohio to bring the portrayal of Louisa May Alcott, one of our nation’s most prolific authors and activists portrayed by actress Lisa Wiley. This program includes an interactive Q & A with the actor following the presentation to discover more about Louisa’s world.

Louisa May Alcott is widely known as the writer of Little Women, a self-reflective children's book published in 1868. The success of this book led to other books based on Alcott's life such as Little Men and Jo's Boys. Louisa's success as a writer allowed her to support her sisters and parents. Prompted by her wish to promote women’s roles and her hatred for slavery, as a young adult during the Civil War, she volunteered to be a nurse in an army hospital in Washington, D.C.. During this time, Alcott contracted typhoid fever which provided the experience for her work, Hospital Sketches. Although she is most popular for her children's literature, Alcott explored the themes of self-expression and women's rights through her adult fiction works Behind a Mask; or, A Woman's Power, and Work: A Story of Experience, and A Modern Mephistopheles.

Louisa was one of four daughters, often considered to the be bases for Little Women. Although her father's association with the Transcendentalists allowed Louisa to grow up in an intellectual and non-conventional environment, her own views challenged the transcendental philosophies. Her education served to foster her love and dedication to writing, acting, education and women's rights.

In the case of inclement weather, this event will be moved to Hoover Auditorium.

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