First Lady Suite

Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa


First Lady Suite is an enthralling look into the lives of some of history’s most neglected figures, the wives of U.S. presidents.  The musical is presented in four vignettes.  The first piece, Over Texas, takes place aboard Air Force One on November 22nd, 1963. Mary Gallagher, the First Lady’s secretary, and Evelyn Lincoln, secretary to the President, are relaxing as they fly into Dallas.  While napping, Mary’s dreams become portentous nightmares as they are haunted by a ghostly Jackie and an eerie Lady Bird.  Where’s Mamie? is a time-travel fantasy as Mamie, melancholic and alone on her birthday, is paid a visit by the celebrated opera star Marian Anderson.  They travel to Algiers to confront Ike about an affair and warn him of the racial strife he’ll face later as President.  Olio presents first daughter Margaret Truman singing at a recital but constantly upstaged by First Lady Bess.  Eleanor Sleeps Here is a heart-rending examination of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok as they’re flown over Washington by Amelia Earhart. 


This 90 minute musical is performed with no intermission.  

Elision Playhouse

6105 42nd Avenue North
Crystal, Minnesota 55422

~ Eight performances ~

Thursday, March 19th at 7:30 pm

Friday, March 20th at 7:30 pm - Pay What You Can!

Saturday, March 21st at 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 22nd at 2:30 pm

Thursday, March 26th at 7:30 pm

Friday, March 27th at 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 28th at 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 29th at 2:30 pm

Cast & Creative

       Paul Coate*                   Greta Grosch*                Sara Sawyer*                Christine Wade*

   Deidre Cochran              Vanessa Gamble             Abilene Olson


Piano:            Harrison Wade

Piano:            James Deignan


Production Team

Director:                     Lindsay Fitzgerald

Stage Manager:         Z Makila      

Music Director:          Harrison Wade

Vocal Director:           Christine Wade

*Member of Actors Equity Association