Be part of an extraordinary virtual event when Academy Award-winning actor Chris Cooper discusses the making of Greta Gerwig's 2019 film adaptation of Little Women and his portrayal of "Mr. Laurence" with Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist as a fundraiser for the c. 1650 Concord, MA home where the beloved novel was written and set in 1868.

All registration fees and donations are fully tax-deductible and directly support educational programs and historic preservation at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House.  We are extremely grateful to Chris for giving so generously of his time to benefit "The Home of Little Women" (and much more)!

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Co-sponsored by the Concord Festival of Authors and Friends of the Concord Free Public Library,

with technical production by A Mighty Blaze

CHRIS COOPER was recognized in 2003 with both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of "John Laroche" in Columbia Pictures’ Adaptation, written by Charlie Kauffman (Being John Malkovich) and directed by Spike Jonze. Chris was also recognized for this performance by numerous critics' associations, including Broadcast Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, and Toronto Film Critics.

In 2019, Chris portrayed "Mr. Laurence" in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women opposite Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothee Chalamet, Eliza Scanlen, and Florence Pugh, and appeared as "Jerry Vogel" in TriStar Pictures' A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys. He most recently starred in Focus Features & Plan B Entertainment's political satire Irresistible alongside Steve Carrell, directed by Jon Stewart.

The 2019 Little Women press junket was hosted at Orchard House.  Pictured in the Parlor of the Alcott home are (l to r):  Director Greta Gerwig, Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Florence Pugh, Chris Cooper, and Eliza Scanlen.


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This event will be conducted as a Zoom webinar. The link will be provided in a confirmation email after your registration is complete.
(One registration per email address, please.)


Additional Donation

Orchard House in Concord, MA -- where Little Women was written and set by Louisa May Alcott in 1868 -- has been a non-profit public history site since 1911. Tours, programs, and special events like this one allow us to continue to share the legacy of the Alcotts in literature, education, art, philosophy, and social justice with visitors from around the world. We hope you will consider making a donation in support of our missions of education, preservation, and inspiration!

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