Stein's semi-autobiographical text radically reworks the traditional family saga, encompassing her vision of personality and psychological relationships. As family history progresses, she meditates on her writing, the making of the book, America and the essence of what makes us human. GSRT's production will merge traditional techniques with the presentation possibilities of the digital stage to convey the stylistic range of Stein's themes and linguistic innovations in a way not possible in previous adaptations, including adapter Leon Katz's own 1969 operatic staging. Designed to be performed in the style of Japanese Bunraku in front of live audiences by a process that we call "digital puppetry," GSRT's adaptation will give unique expression to the literary device Stein employs as she isolates, dissects and grafts psychological traits onto imaginary characters. By overlaying images to create "new" characters, we too will be "making Americans."

GSRT's adaptation of The Making of Americans is conceived as four discrete plays that are continuous and make up one work. The Silent Scream of Martha Herslandis the second of the plays in the MOA series, although first to be produced.