Directed by Tracey Elaine Chessum & Ty Hallmark
July 1-6, 2014 at the Anacostia Arts Center
The Yellow Wallpaper is a haunting new chamber musical based on the early feminist shortstory by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. After the birth of their first child, a well-meaning physician confines his depressed wife to the upstairs bedroom of an isolated summer home. With no physical or mental outlet and only her sister-in-law Jennie for companionship, the wife grows obsessed with the tattered yellow wallpaper covering her room. The wallpaper’s intricate patterns soon begin to move in her mind, pushing her to madness. At the intersection of classic musical theater and contemporary classical music, Sarah Taylor Ellis and Lane Williamson adapt this gripping story into a provocative new theatrical work.