First Lady Suite

Presented by Theatre Elision

Elision Playhouse

6105 42nd Avenue North, Crystal, MN 55422

90 minutes

Past performances

Thursday, March 19 7:30 pm
Friday, March 20 7:30 pm
  • Pay what you can night
Saturday, March 21 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 22 2:30 pm
Thursday, March 26 7:30 pm
Friday, March 27 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 28 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 29 2:30 pm

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.  

Sara Sawyer Jackie Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt
Greta Grosch Lorena Hickok
Christine Wade Mary Gallagher, Amelia Earhart
Deidre Cochran Marian Anderson
Vanessa Gamble Mamie Eisenhower
Abilene Olson Evelyn Lincoln, Margaret Truman