by  Kristine Thatcher

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 3f

"A lovely play." - The New York Post

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    1m, 3f

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This is a lovely play about an obscure but fine American poet, Lorine Niedecker. It focuses on the relationship between the poet and a young woman who is determined to make the world acquainted with Ms. Niedecker's work. Produced Off Broadway.
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"A lovely play." - The New York Post

"Ms. Thatcher's gentle play is the best kind of tribute. It's not a eulogizing staged reading of her work, but a subtle, warmly humorous drama that explores the creative process with the same surgical precision that makes Peter Shaffer's Amadeus so fascinating." - The Detroit News

"A tender, touching play." - Grand Rapids Press




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  • College Theatre / Student
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  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: 1970s, 1960s
  • Setting: November 1963 to January 1970. A hospital kitchen and a small cabin just outside Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.


1m, 3f
LORINE - A slight woman, with a direct, but quiet manner. She is constantly focused on others, with the exception of those few moments when she is working on her poetry. 
AL - He is a rough outdoors man, who rode the freights before settling in Milwaukee as a building painter.
GINNY - A registered nurse. A domestic, vigorous, earth-bound lady of sixty; active in the community, apple of her husband's eye. 
MARY - She is a callow girl of eighteen at the play's beginning, having received a sheltered Catholic education.
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Kristine Thatcher

Kristine Thatcher

Niedecker premiered at Boars Head: Michigan Public Theatre in Lansing, MI in January 1986 under the direction of Nancy Elizabeth Kammer.

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