Alice Austen lived an astonishing life – one powerfully relevant and meaningful even today. In addition to her photography, she was one of the first women tennis players in America, a sailor, musician, horseback rider, one of the first American women to own a car, a sheriff in Staten Island, an ambulance driver in the first World War, world traveler – and late in life a pauper, seemingly forgotten – except to Gertrude Tate, Alice’s life partner of 50 years. Her experience was broad and profound, rich in love and in loss and, finally, redemption. Alice Austen’s photographs tell a story of America, and her own life is a story of freedom. Her journey – to live a true, vigorous and rich life at whatever cost – was the story of our musical – the story of a true American icon – who lived life on her own terms, and was willing to the pay the price for her choices, leaving a photographic legacy of greatness.
Sundog Theatre produced this commissioned play, based on the life of the pioneering American photographer and iconic feminist hero – whose images of immigrants, world’s fairs, and her elite New York society powerfully captured America’s transformation in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Book and Lyrics by Jeffrey Harper | Music by Louis Tucci
Produced by Susan Fenley
Directed by Cynthia Cahill
Veterans Memorial Hall
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
52nd Street Project
Five Angels Theatre
789 10th Ave
New York, New York 10019
Featuring: Jason Collins*, Sarah Corey*, Peggy Lewis*, April Leonhard, Christopher Ryan*, Jed Oldenburg, Sarah Amandes
*Member: Actors’ Equity Association