September 13-15th at The Vault Theatre in Hillsboro, Oregon, Portland area theater goers will be able to see Lady Bird, Pat & Betty, come to life on stage, with their undeniably American stories as three of our most beloved American born first ladies.
Hillsboro’s STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy, critically acclaimed youth theater, is bringing back by popular demand, TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat and Betty, a play written by Emmy award winning actress, Elaine Bromka and writer, Eric Weinberger. Elaine Bromka, with over thirty years in film, television, Broadway and Off-Broadway, starred as eight First Ladies opposite Rich Little in the PBS show The Presidents. Intrigued by their stories, she went on with playwright Eric H. Weinberger to create this wonderful show
STAGES Executive Director, Cindy Wilkins, has put together a unique intergenerational show, with 3 dynamic actors and a very talented teen vocal group. Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, TEA FOR THREE humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving – a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford.
Share the journey of each as she deals with the fishbowl of First Ladydom. A tale of a remarkable trio in a most unusual job – and eighty minutes of heartwarming delight!The presidency is so much in the forefront of today’s news, STAGES believes that walking back through history with these 3 First Ladies will be a fascinating look into the private thoughts of the First Ladies of the 60’s and 70’s. . TEA FOR THREE will be performed on September 13 and 14th at 7:30 pm and September 15th at 2:00 pm. Performances will be at the Vault Theatre in Hillsboro. Tickets are $15 and proceeds from this three day theater event, go to support ongoing theater training and performances for youth in Washington County. Purchase tickets at www.stagesyouth.org
The cast of STAGES first presentation of Tea for Three are back to recapture their roles. The cast has noted that this experience has been exhilarating, educational and inspiring. Patti Speight will portray Betty Ford, Sandee Cnossen plays Pat Nixon and native Texan, Virginia Kincaid, plays Lady Bird Johnson. All three first ladies play the stage individually as they share what their last nights in the White House, were like. TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty gives the audience, a “behind the scenes” and very private look, into the real lives of these uniquely American first ladies. Each first lady is from a different part of the US and as they tell their stories, we learn even more about our country.