Full Length Play
Biography, Period, Parody / Spoof
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - American Civil War Era
Settings Of Play - 1865, Ford's Theatre and Laura's hotel roomm in Washington, DC
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Alcohol, Gun Shots
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
April, 1865. Laura Keene, a famous actress/manager, is performing in Washington, DC during the week the civil war ends. Despite a madcap scramble of backstage squabbles, the ambitious Laura does everything she can to get President Lincoln to attend her closing night performance. Her great plans go awry, as Laura and her theatrical troupe collide with history.
"Our Leading Lady is a backstage comedy in which a presidential assassination is not merely a national tragedy but also a vexing interruption in a powerful woman’s quest for fame and glory. Imagine the collision of Gone with the Wind and Noises Off." - Don Shewey, The Advocate
Our Leading Lady premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York, NY, March 29, 2007. It was directed by Lynne Meadow.