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First Ladies

The Big White Lie

by Janine Sternlieb

with Lennie Dean
~ A production on its way to you ~


The most famous deceased First Ladies are having a hard time accepting the Trump presidency. But what can they do about it? After all, they’re dead! Disturbing and unprecedented events are unfolding in DC, in Charlottesville, and at the border, and their predictable “existence” is thrown into chaos. They must confront the secrets and deceptions that have hindered America’s march toward a truly democratic society.
" Democracy's a very fragile thing...As soon as you stop being responsible to it and allow it to turn into scare tactics, it's no longer democracy, is it? "

Sam Shepard


Every day I read something in the news that strikes me as hypocritical or outrageous, and therefore excellent source material for a play.  Historical figures, just like contemporary figures, are wonderfully full of contradictions, blemishes, and foibles.
- Janine Sternlieb
"If you ever got the message that history is boring, you were wildly misinformed."
- Janine Sternlieb


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“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” 

Eleanor Roosevelt

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