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Eleanor for President - Full Length Play, Drama

Eleanor for President

Merritt Ierley

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Full Length Play, Drama

18m, 9f

ISBN: 9780874402926

A woman as Chief Executive? The 2008 presidential campaign proved it possible, yet it just might have happened more than half a century earlier. Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady from 1933 to 1945, might have run for president after the death of her husband, Franklin. Many thought about it, some talked …

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Full Length Play

Drama

Docudrama/Historic

A woman as Chief Executive? Today's political climate makes it more likely than ever, yet it just might have happened in the last century.  Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady from 1933 to 1945, might have run for president after the death of her husband, Franklin. Many thought about it, some talked about it, a few actually suggested it. That Eleanor Roosevelt did not seek public office was of her own choosing, and chiefly reflected her own priorities as well as a sense that the time was not yet right. Act I of Eleanor for President briefly scans her career to a point where she might have run. Act II fictionalizes the fork in the road not taken. The net result is a unique, sometimes witty, and always insightful look at Eleanor Roosevelt and the political process.

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18m, 9f

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Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting

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Merritt Ierley

Merritt Ierley is the author of 14 books and plays. His three plays for Samuel French—Eleanor for President, The Invention, and Three Hundred Leagues Over the Earth—all reflect on American history, as do most of his writings. Three books had forewords from the Smithsonian Institution, and two were undertaken with grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Mr. Ierley has given lectures at a ... view full profile

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