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

“‘I like the look of agony, because I know it’s true,’ says the murderous heroine of the new play No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn. If you recognize that line as Emily Dickinson, then this Victorian-set, true-crime drama is for you.”

— Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post

“You are compelled to think that this is what Ophelia would have been like, had she survived her dunking and had a better sense of humor.”

— Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene

“With all the chilling atmosphere of thrillers like Angel Street, the rich substance of a Victorian romantic drama, and the twisting madness of Dickinson’s poems, this fully-charged intense piece of theatre is a gutsy move . . . executed so well that I was thankful to be along for the ride.”

— Amanda N. Gunther, DC Metro Theater Arts

 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.

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.

 Lizzie Lloyd King in 1873.

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, 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 in Brooklyn on September 3, 2011. Emily Rea directed.

No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson's Sister premiered at Venus Theatre 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 (2015).