Before there was Lady Gaga, there was Edna St. Vincent Millay
Words Like Fresh Skin is an immersive journey into the life and times of poet Edna St.Vincent Millay. A writer, activist, and feminist, Millay was the third woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She sold out auditoriums in the 1920s, but by her death in 1950, Millay was all-but-forgotten. This interactive and experiential journey explores the family dynamics and romantic relationships that shaped Millay’s life, inspired her writing, and, perhaps, led to her death.
Staged as an interactive, immersive, theatrical experience, Words like Fresh Skin invites audiences to experience Edna St. Vincent Millay’s world first-hand. Follow Vincent from her childhood in Maine to her formative years at Vassar; attend a roaring 20’s soirée as her guest and watch as she rises to stardom among America’s literati; experience her world and her poetry with all your senses!
“She was a woman living by her own set of rules during a time when women were not empowered to do so,” says playwright Megan Lohne about the relevance of Vincent’s story today, “She challenged gender roles, marched for the disenfranchised, and enchanted audiences nationwide with her words.” Words Like Fresh Skin offers a window into Edna St. Vincent Millay’s complex soul and the (mis)identities of an artist.