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Off the Wall: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman


portrait of Charlotte Perkins Gilman by Ellen Day Hale copyright 2004, Smithsonian Institution courtesy, National Portrait Gallery Off the Wall is a theatre piece for solo performer, the story of one woman's struggle to change the world. In this dramatic one-act, Charlotte Perkins Gilman crusades daringly for women's rights and social justice at the dawn of the 20th century. Even in the face of adversity, Gilman perseveres. Witty, articulate, and seemingly self-assured, she strives to make her message heard through poetry, provocative social commentary, and dramatic as well as whimsical fiction.

But what happens when she is alone, dealing with her own fears and disappointments? In an evening of private revelation, Charlotte retraces the rocky path she has chosen, confronting her terrors, examining her actions, and ultimately reaffirming her vision.

Excerpted works include: Women and Economics, The Home: Its Work and Influence, "The Yellow Wallpaper," "Benigna Machiavelli," and poetry from In This Our World. 



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