The Cover of Life

by  R.T. Robinson

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 6f

"The kind of roles actresses dream of. Robinson's writing has a warm, rural flavor, and [the] conflicts are laced with a poignant urgency." - Variety
"Vivid." - Newark Star Ledger

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The Cover of Life

by  R.T. Robinson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 6f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Scene work
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Tood, Weetsie, and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana in 1943. Each married a Cliffert brother. The men are off to war and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning intrigues Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life Magazine and assigns Kate Miller to the story. She has been covering the war in Europe and, though she views doing a "women's piece" as a career set-back, she accepts because it will be her first cover story. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women and her haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face-to-face with her own powerlessness in a man's world. Filled with charm and fun, The Cover of Life is a deeply affecting story about the struggle for self worth.

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"The kind of roles actresses dream of. Robinson's writing has a warm, rural flavor and [the] conflicts are laced with a poignant urgency." - Variety

"Vivid." - Newark Star Ledger

"Stirring and funny." - Teaneck Daily Record


Feminism, War


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance



  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: September 1943. Various locations over several weeks in Sterlington, Louisiana, a very small town.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


1m, 6f

TOOD - 19, pretty, genuine, a bit of a dreamer but determined
SYBIL - 25, flashy, "sophisticated" or "fast" in her crowd
WEETSIE - 20, plain and a little plump, very religious and very much the country girl
AUNT OLA - mid-40s but appears older, mother-in-law of the three young women, strong, matriarchal
KATE - early to mid-40s, correspondent/photographer for LIFE magazing, successful woman in a man's world
ADDIE MAE - mid-40s, local newspaper reporter, affected stylishness
TOMMY - 20, youngest brother of the family, eager, friendly, insecure, a sailor serving in the South Pacific

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast


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R.T. Robinson

R.T. Robinson

The Cover of Life was first presented by the American Stage Company. The play was further developed at the Hartford Stage Company. It was subsequently presented in its New York premiere at the American Place Theatre. It was directed by Peter Masterson.

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