Alumna Diane Paulus '97 Directs ‘Jagged Little Pill’

June 11, 2018

Alumna Diane Paulus '97 recently directed the jukebox musical, Jagged Little Pill, to much acclaim. Inspired by the music of the pop-rock singer, Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill follows the Healys who "appear to be a picture-perfect suburban family—but looks can be deceiving. When the Healys’ lives are disrupted by a series of disturbing events, they must choose between maintaining the status quo or facing harsh truths about themselves, their community, and the world around them. The show explores themes such as identity, family, and addiction. The musical incorporates twenty-two of Morissette’s songs.


In a review by the critic Jesse Green of the New York Times, Green said, “The show...takes on the good work we are always asking new musicals to do: the work of singing about real things.”


Paulus has directed popular musicals such as Waitress, with music written by Sara Bareilles; Hair, a revival of the 1967 musical; Pippin; Finding Neverland; and Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, among other shows. She has won two Tony Awards for Best Revival and Best Director of a Musical. She is currently the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University.


In an interview with Malcolm Gay of the Boston Globe, Paulus said, “I think as an artist I’m always trying to say: It doesn’t have to be just this. How can we push it? How do we explode it? I like to create theater that can do it all.”


Jagged Little Pill is currently showcasing Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, MA, and will run until July 15th.