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Our Leading Lady - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Our Leading Lady

Charles Busch

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573650772

Set in Washington, DC, in 1865, the play is about Laura Keene, the British-born stage actress whose company was performing Tom Taylor's Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre the night Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

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

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Gun Shots

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.

REVIEWS

"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.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

LAURA KEENE
HARRY HAWK
GAVIN DE CHAMBLAY
VERBENA DE CHAMBLAY
MAUDE BENTLEY
W.J. FERGUSON
MADAME WU-CHAN
CLEMENTINE SMITH
MAJOR HOPWODD
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

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Author
Charles Busch

Charles Busch

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony ... view full profile

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