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Looking Over the President's Shoulder

Looking Over the President's Shoulder

By James Still.

Product Code: LC2000

  • Full-length Play
  • Cast size: 1m.
  • Awards: The Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award

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Synopsis

When Alonzo Fields accepted a job as a butler at the White House in 1931, his plan was to work there for the winter. That winter lasted 21 years. Based on the real-life story of the grandson of a freed slave who grew up in an all-black town in southern Indiana, Fields is forced by the Depression to give up his dreams of becoming an opera singer and accept the job at the White House where he quickly was appointed Chief Butler. Looking Over the President's Shoulder is told from the unique perspective of the Chief Butler who served four U.S. presidents and their families: Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. Famous guests through the years included Winston Churchhill, Marian Anderson, Errol Flynn and the king and queen of England. As Fields says in the play: "It was like being in the front row and watching the passing parade of history..." Set on the eve of his last day on the job, Fields reflects on his 21 years of service to his country with humor and pride. He was a man with a story to tell and this tour-de-force for one actor gives Fields the chance to tell it. Culled from Fields' private papers, diaries and interviews, Looking Over the President's Shoulder has played at major theaters across the country including the Indiana Repertory Theatre (where it premiered) and the famous Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C.

Notes

On page 53 of the script, if the last word standing alone in the second paragraph is "Bazerk

Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code LC2000
  • Cast Size 1
  • Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
  • Cost $9.95
  • Approx. Run Time 120 min

Categories

  • ISBN(13) 9781583422298
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"It was an excellent show to present to the community. Very well received by both adults and youth. We received 3 1/2 stars out of 4. Both critical and audience acclaim to the actor and overall production."
Review by Richard Mann, Riff Raff Productions, Livingston, Calif.

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"Read the playwright's introduction. Be as creative as possible with your theatrical conventions. Make the show presentational, representational, interactive. Realism and naturalism will help make the show come to life."
Tip by Richard Mann, Riff Raff Productions, Livingston, Calif.

Media Reviews

"This one-man show is at once warm, thought-provoking and inspiring ... I cannot recommend this play strongly enough. It is a timeless story for all ages, a pure joy to see, and a story and performance you will remember long after the curtain falls." -TriCities.com

Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center Richmond Virginia 2/21/2019 3/2/2019