Ann Fraistat in the Venus Theatre production of 731. Photo by Curtis Jordan.

Ann Fraistat in the Venus Theatre production of 731. Photo by Curtis Jordan.

No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson's Sister

Synopsis. Kate Stoddard murdered Charles Goodrich in 1873–after he told her they weren’t really married and had her evicted from his Brooklyn brownstone in a blizzard. Kate’s struggles to maintain her sanity and her identity, both before and after she shot her one true love three times in the head, are the subject of this play, which moves backwards and forwards through time and invokes a poetry of madness. 3W, 1M.

Kate Stoddard (née Lizzie Lloyd King) in 1873.

No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson's Sister was written as part of the inaugural Ingram New Works Lab (2009-10) at Nashville Repertory Theatre (René Copeland, producing artistic director), which was mentored by David Auburn. It had its first public staged reading at the Ingram New Works Festival in Nashville on May 10, 2010. Lauren Shouse directed.

No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson's Sister was a semifinalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship in 2010.

No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson's Sister had a staged reading in the Truffle Hunt Festival of New Plays, Truffle Theatre Company (Stephen Hood, artistic director) in Brooklyn on September 3, 2011. Emily Rea directed.

No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson's Sister premiered at Venus Theatre (Deborah Randall, artistic director) in Laurel, Maryland on November 13, 2013. Deborah Randall directed.

No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson's Sister is published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.