Gertrude and Alice

Gertrude and Alice is a play which sees Gertrude Stein and her partner, Alice B. Toklas transported to present day and examining their historical legacies — for better or worse — through a modern lens.

Anna Chatterton and Evalyn Parry, with Karin Randoja

Visiting the audience in the present day, Gertrude and Alice come to find out how history has treated them.

The couple recounts stories of their 40-year relationship; of meetings with iconic artists and writers; and of Alice's overwhelming, consuming devotion to Gertrude's genius.

Before they leave, they want to find out what has become of their artistic and cultural influence, and how their lives and work are — or are not — remembered. (From Playwrights Canada Press)

Gertrude and Alice is on the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award shortlist for drama.

From the book

This play is the result of a layered collaboration between us and our historical, larger-than-life subjects Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Through our long, deep dive into research and creation, we fell under the spell of these two wonderful, eccentric and transgressive women. Gertrude and Alice came to provide a powerful inspiration for us: challenging us to articulate the meaning(s) of their lives in the context of our own lived experience as contemporary female artists. 

From Gertrude and Alice by Anna Chatterton and Evalyn Parry with Karin Randoja. ©2018. Published by Playwrights Canada Press.