Look Away

by  Justin G. Turner, Linda Levitt Turner, Jerome Kilty

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2f

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…

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    2f
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    Target Audience

    • Adult

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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.
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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

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  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American), 19th Century
  • Setting: 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: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2f
MARY LINCOLN - the widow of Abraham Lincoln. A genteel Southern lady who is fifty-six at the time of the play.
ELIZABETH KECKLEY - a black woman, indomitable, an ex-slave. She is of an indeterminate middle age.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female

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Authors

Justin G. Turner

Justin G. Turner

Linda Levitt  Turner

Linda Levitt Turner

Jerome Kilty

Jerome Kilty

LOOK AWAY was first presented at the Playhouse Theatre in New York City on January 7, 1973. It was directed by Rip Torn.

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