Theatre Elision presents: First Lady Suite

  • Apr 27 - May 6, 2023
  • Elision Playhouse

    6105 42nd Avenue North
    Crystal, Minnesota 55422
Ticket Price $10.00-$38.00 This event is now over

First Lady Suite by Michael John LaChiusa 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.  

First Lady Suite contains depictions of historical racism and racial slurs.

Eight performances ~ April 27-May 6 at Elision Playhouse.

Date & Time

Apr 27 - May 6, 2023

Venue Details

Elision Playhouse

6105 42nd Avenue North
Crystal, Minnesota 55422 Elision Playhouse
Elision Playhouse

Elision Playhouse is a performing arts venue located in Crystal, Minnesota.