Five Angels Theater

789 Tenth Avenue

(Between 52nd and 53rd Streets)

New York, NY 10019

(212) 333-5252


Subway: C, E to 50th Street

If You Could See: The Alice Austen Story

Wed, Nov 16, 2011, 8:00 pm - Sun, Nov 20, 2011, 11:59 pm


  • $18
  • $15
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Sundog Theatre presents this original musical, based on the life of the pioneering American photographer and iconic feminist hero Alice Austen (1866-1952), whose images of immigrants, world’s fairs, and her elite New York society powerfully capture America’s transformation in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The musical will debut off-off-Broadway in Alice’s hometown, Staten Island, Friday, November 4, at Veterans Memorial Hall on the scenic grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and will continue its run in Manhattan at Five Angels Theater beginning November 16.
Alice Austen lived an astonishing life – one powerfully relevant and meaningful to us today.  Her home on Staten Island is now a museum. In addition to her photography, she was one of the first women tennis players in America, a sailor, a musician, a horseback rider, one of the first American women to own a car, a sheriff in Staten Island, an ambulance driver in the first World War, a world traveler – and late in life a pauper, seemingly forgotten – except to Gertrude Tate, Alice’s life partner of 50 years. 

Her life experience was broad and profound, rich in love and in loss and, finally, redemption. Alice Austen’s photographs tell a story of America, and her own life is a story of freedom.  Her journey – to live a true, vigorous and rich life at whatever cost – is the story of our musical – the story of a true American icon – who lived life on her own terms, who was willing to the pay the price for her choices – and left a legacy of greatness.

The play is produced by Sundog Theatre, Susan Fenley, executive and artistic director;  book and lyrics by Jeffrey Harper, music by Louis Tucci; directed by Cynthia Cahill.

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