A classic story of four sisters who struggle to find companionship and their place in society while maintaining their strong family bond is the next feature play by Actors’ Theatre of Columbus.

Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” opens at 8 p.m.Thursday, June 20, in Schiller Park, 1069 Jaeger St. in Columbus’ German Village neighborhood.

The performance will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through July 14 in the park’s amphitheater.

All shows are free and open to the public.

“Little Women” focuses on Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March, who live with their mother in New England. Their father is away fighting in the Civil War.

The girls, each having disparate personalities, cope with poverty, illness and love.

The first volume of “Little Women” was published in 1868. A second volume was released in 1869.

“The thing I really adore about this production of ‘Little Women,’ this script and production, is it manages to highlight the joy and drama of being human, to find our place in the world, to find who your partners are in life,” said Philip J. Hickman, artistic director of Actors’ Theatre. “So it’s a human story.”

Director Beth Josephsen said the book was adapted by Marian de Forest and sticks closely to the original script.

“I like the way it’s written and the premise: They’re supporting and loving each other,” Josephsen said. “It’s an American melodrama; there are some fun moments and sad moments.”

Hickman said he likes the story because it “celebrates family and celebrates the fact that just because we don’t enjoy every moment of every day, it maintains love and commitment will ultimately triumph.”

“Actors’ Theatre has a commitment to classic storytelling and classic theater,” Hickman said. “And we felt it is a privilege to be able to present something that is distinctly American, classic and influential.”

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