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June 20, 2016

Jo March (of Little Women) is Now on Twitter, and She’s Hilarious #MondayBlogs

by Katie Meyer

A lot has changed for 20-something women since the world first met the March sisters in 1865—but some issues remain the same. The little women Jo, Amy, Beth and Meg are more relatable as ever, especially since they joined Twitter as @bethdiesTO. For bookworms, @bethdiesTO is the perfect satire to follow.

With @bethdiesTO, you can now tweet to your favourite literary family. That is, if the March sisters can take a break from scrambling for money and plotting their escapes from Concord. The Twitter feed is a mashup of Little Women and the show Girls, recasting the troubles of the March sisters in hi-larious contemporary voices.

The satirical Twitter account is part of the Toronto Fringe production of the play Women, a laugh-out-loud satire of Little Women that won a New York Times Critics Pick. @bethdiesTO, like the play it’s based on, shows us that some struggles for women are eternal. Fighting with your sisters and avoiding advances from a creepy neighbour were major pains for women in 1865, and they still are 2016.

@bethdiesTO also reminds followers that a lot has changed for 20-somethings. Beth’s feminine ideal of a charitable spirit seems less darling when they’re so poor that Jo has to sell her hair to buy a train ticket.

Want to support the March sisters? You can chip in to their crowdfunding campaign to help this production of Women purchase costumes and print programs for Toronto Fringe. And if you’re lucky enough to live in Toronto, you can meet the March sisters in person from June 30 to July 9 at Annex Theatre. You don’t have to sell your hair to see the play—tickets are just $12.

Talking with your favourite heroines of fiction is a rare opportunity, and on Twitter, the March sisters are pretty chatty. You can reach out to Beth, Amy, Meg and Jo by tweeting to @bethdiesTO or tweeting with the hashtag #bethdiesTO. SPOILER ALERT: Beth, bless her heart, doesn’t make it.

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