“A very talented lady… a pleasure working with her!” — Rich Little
What might three former First Ladies reveal if they could? TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty is a fresh and intimate look at a unique American sorority: three formidable women of the White House. A delicately layered gallery of portraits, the play draws the audience in with humorous and poignant insights into each lady’s life.
Red Barn Theatre presents Emmy Award-winning Elaine Bromka portraying three former first ladies in the unforgettably vivid one-woman show, TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty for a limited engagement of four nights only: February 27, 28, March 1 and 2.
Written by Eric H. Weinberger with Elaine Bromka, the play is a witty and intimate re-imagining of three women who suddenly found themselves celebrities — a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford, revealing the personal cost of what Mrs. Nixon called the “hardest unpaid job in the world.”
Touring the country, Tea for Three has been critically acclaimed for its blend of humor and passion, cited as “marvelous, poignant” (The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.) and “a fascinating evening, laced with insight, emotion and humor… brilliant acting” (The Record-Review, in Westchester County.)
Ms. Bromka has over thirty years’ experience in film, television, Broadway, and off-Broadway. She appeared as the mom in Uncle Buck with John Candy, as Stella on Days of our Lives, and on E.R., The Sopranos, and Law and Order.
The inspiration for Tea for Three came about when Bromka starred opposite Rich Little in The Presidents, which she performed across the country and on PBS. Called upon to impersonate eight of the most recent first ladies, she ended up spending months poring over videotapes of the women. Studying nuances of their body language and speech patterns to explore psychologically why they moved and spoke as they did, she became more and more drawn in by their personalities.
“These were women of intelligence and grit who suddenly found themselves in a fishbowl,” Bromka observed. “I realized I wanted to tell the story from their point of view.”
“And I wanted to explode myths. Pat was called ‘Plastic Pat’ in the press, for example, because she was always smiling. Look more closely at her eyes, though. There’s nothing plastic about her. You see the eyes of a private, watchful survivor.”
Her collaborator, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominee Weinberger, is the author of several off-Broadway plays, including Wanda’s World and Class Mothers ’68. He and Bromka zeroed in on the three women, linking their stories by revealing each one at the threshold moment of the end of her time in the White House.
Directed by Byam Stevens, the eighty-five minute performance will be at 8 PM, February 27, 28, March 1 and 2 at Red Barn Theatre