It is the story of Carrie Meeber, an impressionable young girl who leaves the insulated confines of rural Wisconsin in the early 1900’s and enters the throbbing, amoral world of the big city. Soon her yearning for an honorable life and for lasting love is compromised. Each attempt to reconcile her dreams with reality forces Carrie into ever-more tangled affairs until she is forced to contend with the deep and driving forces of American culture, its restless idealism and its glamorous material temptations.
In the Spring 2002 edition of Dreiser Studies, theatre editor for Chicago Magazine, Laura Raidonis Bates wrote “. . . playwright Charles Smith is to be congratulated for his ability to create lively, vivid dramatic action without sacrificing Dreiser’s content and tone.”
Cast requirements: 8 men, 4 women (all Caucasian)
Set requirements: Unit Set, various locations.
Approximate running time: 3 hours (Three Acts)