The Yazoo Arts Council presents the Center Players Community Theatre in

“TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty”

Written by Eric H. Weinberger and Elaine Bromka

Produced by special arrangement with
The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois

When: Friday, May 3, 2019
Where: Triangle Cultural Center, 332 N Main Street, Yazoo City, Mississippi
Time: 6 pm reception | 7 pm performance
Tickets: Available now in Yazoo City at Good Hope General Merchandise and Webb’s Pharmacy
Price: General Admission $20 each, Students $10 each

What is it like for a woman when her husband becomes the president of the United States—and she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight? This witty, sly and deeply moving script explores the hopes, fears and loves of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. In three scenes taking place in the family quarters of the White House just prior to the end of living there as the wife of a president, each of the women confides alone to the audience. Secrets are spilled about their early years, their husbands’ rise to power, their romances with the men, their unique paths as wives in the White House, and their feelings about imminent retirement. Lady Bird Johnson, while preparing a tea for Pat Nixon, defends her husband’s quirks but finally admits to herself, “Politics is his oxygen.” Mrs. Nixon, drinking tea alone in her room on the eve of her husband’s resignation, works on her mail, picks at her food and guardedly recalls happier times before exploding in anger about Watergate and the political world. Betty Ford is discovered reading a TIME magazine in her bathrobe. Forestalling preparations for tea with Rosalyn Carter, Betty lightheartedly recalls past escapades, but eventually admits to being quite lost about life after the White House. Defiantly pushing back the fear, she sails out the door to meet Mrs. Carter. Each of the three portraits becomes intimate, by degrees, as the women wrestle with what Pat Nixon called “the hardest unpaid job in the world.”

 

The Yazoo Arts Council was formed in 1975 to promote the arts throughout Yazoo County by nurturing awareness through exposure, enjoyment, and involvement in visual and performing arts. Membership in the Yazoo Arts Council is open to all individuals, organizations, or businesses interested in the mission and vision of the YAC. Those interested in purchasing membership can contact the YAC through their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yazooarts or by mail at Yazoo Arts Council, PO Box 207, Yazoo City, MS 39194.

This event is sponsored by Bank Plus and Visit Yazoo (Yazoo County CVB).

The weekend of May 3rd-4th is a great time to plan a visit to Yazoo! Check out the events below:

Friday, May 3rd, 2019, 6:00 pm
Yazoo Arts Council presents
Center Player Community Theatre in
“TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty”
Tickets $20/Students $10, available at select local retailers. (see above)

Saturday, May 4th, 2019, 10 am-5 pm
15th Annual Jerry Clower Festival
Featuring LIVE Music, Arts & Crafts, Antique & Classic Car Show, Kidz Zone fun, Silent Auction, Food Vendors, Talent Contest, Jerry Clower Impersonator Contest, Hula Hoop Contest, Magically Perfect Princesses, and more! This event takes place on colorful and historic Main Street in Yazoo City. Admission is FREE!!

Saturday, May 4th, 2019, 10 am
The Junior Auxiliary of Yazoo City in conjunction with the Yazoo Arts Council will present New Stage Theatre Arts-in-Education Touring Program’s production of Pinocchio, adapted by Greg Banks, at the Yazoo Community Complex. Admission is FREE.

Saturday, May 4th, 2019
Bring your art supplies to Yazoo as artist Benny Melton presents a Beginners Plein Air Painting Class through the Yazoo Arts Council. Seats are $25 for members or $50 for non-menbers. The morning will include a brief seminar about the principles of light, color, and perspective at the Triangle Cultural Center. After a break for lunch (not included) the class will resume with on-location or on-your-own painting in historic downtown Yazoo City. Class concludes with students sharing their work with the class at the Triangle CC. For more information contact Benny Melton at www.meltonart.net or call 662-746-7776 to reserve your seat.

For help with planning your trip to Yazoo, please contact the Yazoo County CVB (Visit Yazoo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

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