As you enter the theater, set up for a private Soirée, the audience is greeted by Norma, the “middle” Millay sister, who serves as your host as the play unfolds, inviting the audience to hear popular songs from the era as well as poems of her famous sister, Edna St. Vincent Millay. Called “Vincent” all her life, Edna St. Vincent Millay was the mercurial goddess of a fast and fatal Greenwich Village scene in the 1920s.
“Touching, funny and insightful about Millay, her work and her times. A complete delight.” —Gary Schiro, Executive Director Hudson Opera House
Hailing from humble beginnings in Maine, Millay was the eldest of three creative sisters who were raised on Milton and Shakespeare by their determined single mother. Vincent shot to fame, winning the Pulitzer Prize and, as poet Richard Wilbur described, “wrote some of the best sonnets of the century.”
Giving voice to Edna St. Vincent Millay’s playfulness, embodying her sensual intelligence and her urge to self-destruction, The Millay Sisters renders the poet’s life in vivid detail. What begins as a cabaret spins into a full evening of theater, weaving in the story of Vincent’s rise to fame and illustrious career with the Millay family’s complex struggles, successes, tragedies and secrets. Come meet the famous one, the charming one, and the one they left behind.