Gertrude & Alice

A Likeness to Loving


Composed entirely from Gertrude Stein’s plays, texts, and letters, GERTRUDE & ALICE: A Likeness to Loving is a touching, often hilarious journey through the unparalleled lives and times of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. As one of this century’s great artistic figures, Stein’s passion was to renew the meaning of the word by forging new ways for the reader to experience language in a more “syncopated” present. This passion was fueled by a loyal partner: Alice Babette Toklas; wife, lover, friend, secretary, house-keeper, gardener, publisher and finally, perpetrator of Gertrude’s artistic legacy. Bold in their persons, they lived lives without apology, while their “daily life” was kept private from the scrutiny of family and the public. The women’s struggles with art, sex, jealousy, money, fame and the major personalities of their time are unraveled in rhythms perhaps even more contemporary now than in Stein’s time. GERTRUDE & ALICE speaks the language of a remarkable relationship between remarkable women and testifies to their unmistakable place as mothers of modernism.

Written & Performed By
Lola Pashalinski
Linda Chapman

Directed By
Anne Bogart
Melanie Joseph

1999 : The Signature Theater



Written & Performed by Lola Pashalinski & Linda Chapman
Directed by Anne Bogart

Lighting Design: Mimi Jordan Sherin
Sound Design: Darron L. West
Costume Design: Gabriel Berry
Set Design: Myung Hee Cho
Dramaturgy: Ulla E. Dydo  & William Rice
Production Stage Manager: Charles Means
Press Representative: James L.L. Morrison



“It’s hard to remember now that there was no precedent for their relationship, just as there was no precedent for Stein’s work — and just as they invented a persona that is familiar to us today, they invented a literature.  – Village Voice

Staged with poetic precision and beautifully conceived… what biographical theater seldom achieves …” -The NY Times

“’Dear life’ wrote Stein, ‘life is strife’;  Gertrude and Alice brings the strife to life with elegance and unexpected sweetness…”  The Village Voice

“A startling and mesmerizing new play … the characters come alive …  Pashalinski and Chapman …make us understand them as never before.”  -Chicago Tribune


OBIE Award Winner:  
 Best Performance to Lola Pashalinski
GLAAD Media Award Nominee


On Tour

August 2000
The Queer Up North Festival, Manchester, UK
March 2001
Walker Art Center / Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis MN 
April 2001
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH  
November 2001
The Drill Hall, London, UK