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Ladies First - Full Length Play, Comedy

Ladies First

Robert Gerlach, James A. Mcdonald

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Full Length Play, Comedy

9f

ISBN: 9780573619205

Robert Gerlach and James McDonald
In this comedy by the authors of Something's Afoot, Jackie Kennedy is very nervous on an afternoon in January, 1962. She has completed the restoration of the White House and has invited Eleanor, Bess, Mamie, Pat and Lady Bird to give their opinions. And do they ever!
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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1960s

Settings Of Play - January, 1962. A weekday afternoon. The Yellow Oval Room, The White House, Washington, D. C. The events of the play are fictional.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre

In this comedy by the authors of Something's Afoot, Jackie Kennedy is very nervous on an afternoon in January, 1962. She has completed the restoration of the White House and has invited Eleanor, Bess, Mamie, Pat and Lady Bird to give their opinions. And do they ever! They criticize the way she runs the White House and take her to task for being uninvolved politically. When Mrs. Roosevelt commands her to head the crusade for women's rights, a hilarious political hurricane ensues. Each discovers something about herself, her relationship with her husband, and how touching and funny it can be to hold the highest non paying job in the U.S.A.
Ladies First was first presented by Centenary College on November 13, 1980, at the Matjorie Lyons Playhouse in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was directed by Robert R. Buseick. Staged readings of the play were presented at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.
Characters

CASTING

9f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

Six First Ladies and three White House employees

MAUREEN - 20, a new maid, recently arrived from Ireland
HANNAH - 55, a White House maid since the Roosevelt administration
MARIE - 28, Jackie's secretary; efficent, ambitious, friendly with Jackie
JACQUELINE (JACKIE ) KENNEDY - 32, determined, born to rule ten years from now; her voice is breathy until she wants to make a point; she is dressed by Chanel
MAMIE EISENHOWER - 65, looks ten years younger; gregarious, with srrong opinions; petite and wears a suit that emphasizes her tiny waist; her hat is pink
BESS TRUMAN - 76, dry, shrewd; wears a small, flowered hat, a good, belted, flowered dress, and sensible shoes
LADY BIRD JOHNSON - 49, small, effusive, with a Texas accent; hatless and her hair is teased; her dress is from Neiman-Marcus
PAT NIXON - 48, sleek, blonde, cool; hatless and wears a becoming American suit
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT - 77, dynamic; wears a dark two-piece dress and a hat, which, like her fox-skins, are all years out-of-date

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author(s)

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