Full Length Play
Biography, Period, Docudrama/Historic
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1900-1910
Settings Of Play - The year 1900. Inside and outside the Roosevelt home.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Play w/ Music, Special Effects
Interior Set, Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
This brilliant one-man play takes its audience on "An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt" capturing the essence of our 26th President and the man who inspired the teddy bear. Mr. Alden eloquently transport us to the world of President Roosevelt as he looks back on his life in 1900. We hear about Teddy's political beginnings and his ideas on power, corporate greed, and the need for environmental conservation. We share in conversations with his wife, sons, and daughter. Other characters that grace the stage include allies, enemies, and family friends - all portrayed through the performance of the single actor playing Teddy. Furthermore we experience Roosevelt's exploring the wilds of the West, facing war, and facing death. From building and controlling the Panama Canal to uplifting the United States to a key power in international affairs, the events of Teddy's life and presidency evoke themes of political scheming, business rights over human rights, deep love of family, and deep love of the land that still resonate in the major political debates of today.
"The very contradictions inherent in Teddy make a good biography. The play does justice to the vagaries of Roosevelt. This is truly history without peer...the best of its kind." - Clive Barnes, The New York Times
"Alden's writing is laced throughout with puns, jokes and typically Rooseveltian wit,but also with a sense of tremendous tenderness and vulnerability, also apparently strong currents in Roosevelt's character. Here Alden may be creating a new Roosevelt myth,but if so, it is totally credible and welcome one." - Barbara Mackay, Denver Post
"Jerome Alden's script soars in places, just as Teddy often soared. It provides us with a living picture of TR the boy,TR the man, and TR the 'Old Frump'...dramatically captured a character and a life-style that is exemplary for us all." - Jim Moorhead, St. Petersburg Independent
"This is the bluff, warring, loudmouth Roosevelt who takes the French ambassador wading, in the buff...and preaches the doctrine of the Strenuous Life. But there's also the tender Roosevelt who the Teddy Bear its name, and the moving Roosevelt confronting the deaths of his wife and mother and eventually his son. All the while-and this is the genius...of Jerome Alden's script-that we are aware of the boy who never entirely grew-up." - Mike Steele, Minneapolis Tribune
Bully was first produced on Broadway by Don Saxon and Kevin Krown in association with Kathy Raitt at the 46th Street Theater (now the Richard Rogers Theater) in New York City on November 1, 1977. It was directed by Peter H. Hunt and featured James Whitmore in the leading role.