Tea For Three - An Off-Broadway Performance with Elaine Bromka

Category: Speakers & Lecture Series
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

Three former First Ladies will be sharing secrets in the  wonderfully vivid one-woman show, TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty, cosponsored by the New Canaan Chapter of AAUW.

Written by Eric H. Weinberger with Elaine Bromka, and starring the Emmy Award-winning Ms. 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.”

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Tea for Three has been touring nationwide, and is critically acclaimed for its blend of humor and passion, cited as “marvelous, poignant” (The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.). The show will open Off-Broadway in June 2013.

Inspiration for Tea for Three came when Bromka starred opposite Rich Little in The Presidents, which she performed across the country and on PBS. Studying nuances of their body language and speech patterns, 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.”

Ms. Bromka has over thirty years’ experience in film, television, Broadway, and off-Broadway, including roles in E.R., The Sopranos, and Law and Order. Her collaborator, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominee Eric Weinberger, is the author of several off-Broadway plays, including Wanda’s World  and Class Mothers ’68.  Directed by Byam Stevens, Tea for Three is an 85 minute performance.