Steven Carl McCasland’s acclaimed play Little Wars will be revived online this November with an all-star British cast, directed by Hannah Chissick.
Juliet Stevenson (The Doctor), Linda Bassett (Call The Midwife), Debbie Chazen (The Smoking Room), Natasha Karp (Rags), Catherine Russell (Holby City), Sarah Solemani (Him and Her), and Sophie Thompson (Present Laughter) will star in McCasland’s 1940’s what-if dinner party drama.
Bringing together six exceptional women, Little Wars unites literary figureheads Gertrude Stein (Bassett), her girlfriend Alice Toklas (Russell), Dorothy Parker (Chazen), Lillian Hellman (Stevenson) and Agatha Christie (Thompson), with anti-fascist freedom fighter Muriel Gardiner (Solemani), in the most fantastical what-if dinner party imaginable. Tensions are high and secrecy lingers in the air, but with libations flowing and the threat of World War II looming the guests are close to boiling point.
Previously workshopped Off-Off Broadway, this acclaimed play makes its digital premiere, celebrating historical women of the 20th century, through an intimate, hilarious, and witty fly-on-the-wall glimpse into a nostalgic fiction based on truths.
Produced in collaboration with The Union Theatre in, Southwark South London, the production will be filmed and then made available to stream online. The project aims to raise money in aid of Women For Refugee Women, a cause that remains close to the values of the cast and crew, and the underlying message of the play.
Hannah Chissick said: “It is such an honour to work on this wonderful play about exceptional women, with such an extraordinary cast all coming together in support of other brave and courageous women.”
McCasland said, I am thrilled to see Little Wars find its way across the pond, and with such an extraordinary team of actresses. I hope the play’s message resonates with all during this unprecedented time.
Little Wars, Online Streaming Event, is available to watch from Tuesday 3 November – Sunday 8 November 2020.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.littlewars.co.uk.