Ashland Contemporary Theatre proudly presents Rhoda Lerman’s play, “Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Secret Journey.” The one-woman show stars Cynthia Tank and is directed by Jeannine Grizzard, opening January 28th for eight performances.
The play takes a deeply personal look at one of America’s most beloved and indomitable leaders, who was often called the “First Lady of the World.” Her public causes contrast with her private battles to bring audiences a distinctly feminine perspective on power, politics, and war. Jean Stapleton made Lerman’s take on Eleanor famous about fifteen years ago and in a subsequent audiobook portrayal.
A true statesman, Eleanor was one of the first women to excel at politics through her discretion, insight, and indestructible faith in the better angels of humanity. Her influence is felt today, through countless causes and campaigns that eventually culminated in what is widely considered her greatest achievement: the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Her inner journey leading to that greatness is the story of this touching play.
With the coming Presidential Inauguration, which has so many American citizens deeply concerned, ACT chose this production for January based on the conviction that to present the story of an inspiring woman leader would be of service to the community.
There are eight performances: evenings, Jan. 28th, Feb. 3rd and 4th at 8pm, and matinees Jan. 29th and Feb 5th at 2pm at the Ashland Community Center. 59 Winburn Way, downtown. The final weekend is at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada Street, Ashland: Feb. 10th and 11th at 8pm and Feb 12th at 2pm.
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