Pulitzer-nominated Playwright comes to New
Hampshire Theatre Project for the Opening of Charm
Theatre Project’s 30th Anniversary Season continues in 2019 with Charm
by Kathleen Cahill which runs March 15 - 31. Full of grace, hilarity and
magical realism, Charm brings to life the story of brilliant but unknown
Transcendentalist Margaret Fuller, the confidante of Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau.
Colleen A. Madden will return to the NHTP stage as Margaret Fuller, along with
cast members Shawn Crapo, Mary Langley, CJ Lewis, Brian Paul, Matthew Recine
and Eric Schildge. The production team, along with director Catherine
Stewart, includes lighting design by Meghann Beauchamp, costume design by Fran
Bechtold, and stage management by Robin Fowler.
Charm is sponsored by JCM Management Company.
Thanks to the
Travelling Masters program of the Dramatists Guild Foundation, playwright
Kathleen Cahill will be in residence with New Hampshire Theatre Project during
opening weekend March 15-17. Traveling Masters is a national education program
providing students, professionals, and theatre lovers with free master classes
and workshops on the craft of writing.
Cahill will be
providing three programs while at New Hampshire Theatre Project including a
co-working session in partnership with Feminist Oasis on Friday March 15, 10am
- 1.30pm (tickets available at https://feministoasis.com/), and a teen writing workshop in
collaboration with Arts in Reach on Saturday March 16, 10am - 12pm which is
free and open to all teens. Cahill will also be launching NHTP’s Conversations,
a series of post-show discussions which will be presented after each
Fuller Ossoli (May 23, 1810 – July 19, 1850), was an American journalist,
editor, critic, and women's rights advocate associated with the American
transcendentalism movement. She became the first editor of the
transcendentalist journal The Dial in 1840, before joining the staff of the New
By the time she
was in her 30s, Fuller had earned a reputation as “ the best-read person in New
England, male or female”, and became the first woman allowed to use the library
at Harvard College. Her seminal work, Woman in the Nineteenth Century,
was published in 1845 and is considered the first major feminist work in the
A year later, she
was sent to Europe for the Tribune, to cover the Italian Revolution, as its
first female correspondent. She had a relationship with Giovanni Ossoli, with
whom she had a child. All three members of the family died in a shipwreck off
Fire Island, New York, as they were traveling to the United States in 1850.
Fuller's body was never recovered.
In the late 1930s
Fuller began hosting Conversations; these were intimate gatherings that
allowed women to debate subjects including the fine arts, history, mythology,
literature, and nature. Fuller planned to answer the
"great questions" facing women, asking her participants "What
were we born to do, and how shall we do it?” She worked to find the same
intellectual companionship with her female peers that she had experienced with
Emerson and Thoreau.
continue the traditions of Conversations with the addition of post-show
discussions after each performance of Charm. Topics will cover the
themes of the play, the legacy of the transcendentalists, and the work of Fuller.
Kathleen Cahill will join us for the first of these Conversations on opening
night, March 15. On Fridays, March 22 and 29, director Catherine Stewart
will be joined by Gwendolyn Smith, the Regional Site Manager for Historic New
England. Smith holds a B.A. in Art
History from Smith College, an M.A. in Museum Studies from Harvard University,
and is a 2013 Attingham Trust Summer School scholar. She has a lifelong passion
for the Transcendentalists, and the work of Margaret Fuller. Cast and crew will
also be present at each post-show discussion.
Saturday, September 21