First Lady Suite

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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.  

First Lady Suite contains depictions of

historical racism and racial slurs.

Performance Dates

April 27-May 6, 2023

Elision Playhouse

6105 42nd Avenue North

Crystal, MN 

Cast & Creative

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 Greta Grosch*                     Sara Sawyer*                 Christine Wade*

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Abilene Olson                 Abigail Walker                     Paul Coate*    

Musicians

Piano:            Harrison Wade

      

Production Team

Director:                     Lindsay Fitzgerald

Music Director:          Harrison Wade

Vocal Director:           Christine Wade

Lighting:                     Laina Grendle

*Member of Actors Equity Association