New York City
Joan Ackermen’s Ice Glen is set in Lenox, MA, at the end of the Gilded Age in Stone Gate, once a Berkshire Cottage in its prime, now falling apart. The mistress of the household is adrift, and the few servants who remain are trying to hold the family together. Among the quirky family of domestics soon to be evicted is Sarah Harding, a gifted and unknown poet enthralled with Stone Gate’s rolling countryside and wildlife.
When neighbor Edith Wharton passes Sarah’s poems on to a Boston publishing firm, Peter Woodburn comes calling. Though initially shocked at her refusal to have her words read by the public, Woodburn discovers a heart in her poetry, and in the Berkshires, that beats outside the commercial world – in its own creative home.
Barbara Oliver directs.