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Sylvia Plath Must Not Die ()

Produced by

One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theate

Director: Blake Brooker


The Michael Young Theatre


December 2nd, 2008 – December 13th, 2008


Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, two of the 20th century’s most prolific and complex literary figures, are inexorably linked, as much by their mutual zeal for life as by their infamous deaths.

They met in a poetry class, but their friendship flared over martinis at the Ritz, where they spilled stories of psychiatry and suicide, delighting in a mutual disdain for taboo. Their insatiable appetites, sexual and intellectual, defied strait-jacketed social norms and their prescribed roles as mothers and wives. Together, their writing sparked a revolution in American poetry, bringing personal confession to the forefront of verse by pounding frustration and turmoil onto typewritten pages.

In their newest original work, the award-winning One Yellow Rabbit Performing Ensemble invites audiences on a voyeuristic journey to another era, where cocktails are swilled and conflicted souls are expressed in a cathartic torrent of ink and emotion. Using the text of Plath and Sexton as a springboard, they tackle themes of power, madness, extinction and survival, presenting poetry as it should be: fierce, fervent and devastating. (


Denise Clarke Anne Sexton
Andy Curtis Kayo Sexton
Onalea Gilbertson Sylvia Plath
Michael Green Ted Hughes

Creative Team

Blake Brooker Director
Denise Clarke Staging
Scott Baier Lighting Designer
Richard McDowell Sound Designer
Michelle Kennedy Assistant Director


Ailsa Birnie Stage Manager
Scott Baier Production Manager
Stephen Schroeder Producer
David Crosson Costume Consultant


Greg Poulin Production Manager
Mike Ledermueller Technical Director
Stephanie Ripley Assistant Technical Director
G. Stuart Baulch House Technician
Jason Browning House Technician
Pascale Thibodeau House Technician