Post Haste is based on the true story of Emily Post (pre "Etiquette") taking a journey on Lincoln Highway, the first cross-country highway, with her handsome young son as chauffeur, in 1915. En route they not only discover a young America and many trials and tribulations, but each other as well. Emily evolves her way through the journey into being an independent woman, putting aside "society as a career", and resulting in her many writings on etiquette (now in its 18th edition). It is a two character, two act play with plenty of pathos, requiring a simple set, or, should you wish, an eloborate one.
A Butler may be added to do scene changes in character!
"Emily and Ned's trip West is chronicled in an amiably attractive play by Frank E. Reilly! It's the way it casually but firmly shows you how two people's attitude towards the larger world is affected by seeing it and how two people, who happen to be mother and son, mend fences and bond in ways that will be indelible and eternal. (It is) done with charm, a sense of wonder, and a shared experience! The result is like going along on a friendly ride with graceful, captivating people who shed prejudices along with dinner clothes as they leave the East and head to the less traveled, less sophisticated, less affected regions of the early 20th century American Midwest and beyond." Neals Paper, Media, PA
"Post Haste: A Play in Fabulous Form", Lisa Panzer, Phindie, Philadelphia PA
"A sparkling performance, Frank E. Reilly's captivating new play "Post Haste" based on Emily Post, matriarch of manners, premiered at the Hedgerow Theatre. In this refreshing tale of triumph and etiquette, we catch up to Emily in April 1915 as she is about to embark on a cross-country journey with her son, Edwin M. Post, or "Ned" in her roadster on the new Lincoln Highway. Much of the story has the feel of being confided to the audience, creating a bond that draws them in to listen to the life and times of these two depicted individuals. (Liza Panser)
"Get to Hedgerow Theatre Post Haste" Neal Zoren, Neal's Paper, Media PA
Produced by the Hedgerow Theatre
at the Hedgerow Theatre, Media, PA
Ran from June 10-28, 2015