|Anjeline Ramirez, Nissa Nordland Morgan,|
Christy Johnson, and Sif Oberon (photo by Alex Wohlheuter)
Plays vary in style and tone, from wacky comedy, to a stand-up routine, to a folk singer at a bar, to a simple list of facts. From famous First Ladies (Jackie Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt) to those whom history barely remembers, they each have their moment. Some of them worked for women's suffrage, many owned slaves, some kept house, some advised their husbands, some died young, others survived their husbands and went on to accomplish many things (one of my google searches told me that eight presidents have died in office, making it a job with a shocking 17% mortality rate). And then there's Edith Wilson, who pretty much acted as the president when her husband was all but incapacitated from a stroke, which the authors acknowledge is not great precedent, even if she was kind of awesome at it. Every First Lady brought something different to the role, and is remembered for different things, and the play unflinchingly tackles all of it.
|Heather Meyer, Anjeline Ramirez, and Nissa Nordland Morgan|
(photo by Alex Wohlhueter)
See this whirlwind romp through American history at the Crane Theater in Northeast Minneapolis, weekends through October 16, plus a pay-what-you-can Monday performance (click here for more info and to purchase tickets).