Time Period - Victorian (British and American), 19th Century
Settings Of Play - The Bellevue Hospital for Insane Persons, Batavia, Illinois during the last night of Mary Lincoln's stay there. June 14, 1875. Ten years after President Lincoln's assassination and the night before the sanity hearing which was to judge Mrs. Lincoln "returned to reason." The play takes place during the course of that one night.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Geraldine Page and Maya Angelou took the leading roles on Broadway in Look Away, a compelling theatrical duet set in an insane asylum on Mrs. Lincoln's last night of residence, imagining she is once more at home in the White House and that her seamstress is with her. Elizabeth Keckley, who wrote a book about her experiences, is the companion and a pillar of strength and wisdom to her irascible and often difficult friend who rants about the mistreatment accorded her by a penurious Senate and by her one surviving son who lobbied for her commitment.
LOOK AWAY was first presented at the Playhouse Theatre in New York City on January 7, 1973. It was directed by Rip Torn.