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No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson’s Sister
a play in two acts
Claudia Barnett




Carnegie Mellon
2015 • 136 pp. 6 x 9"
Playwriting / Drama

$16.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-604-3



“‘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, Washington Post

New play by the author of I Love You Terribly

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.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“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 Gunther, DC Metro Theater Arts



CLAUDIA BARNETT grew up in the Bronx and lives in the woods of Tennessee. Her short plays have been published in the literary journals Poems & Plays, Qu, and River Styx and also in anthologies from Applause and Smith & Kraus. Her full-length plays have been included in many festivals. She teaches playwriting at Middle Tennessee State University.



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