A Gathering of First Ladies – A Historical Drama by Mildred Dumas

 

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Description

This is a historical play, but a fantasy by the playwright since almost all of the characters are deceased. The gist of the play: First Lady Michelle Obama invites women from the past who have achieved firsts in their lives to lunch at the White House. They share their stories. It is a lesson in American history, has humor and emotion. The first lady invites a distinguished list of 10–Sojourner Truth, opera singer Marian Anderson, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, entertainer Ethel Waters, Oscar winner Hattie McDaniels, nurse Mary Mahoney, aviation pilot Bessie Coleman, Ida B. Wells who won a lawsuit against a public transportation company, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

The play was inspired by Barak Obama being elected as the first African American president of the United States. It recognizes contributions made by women to the growth and development of this country and illustrates the strength, fortitude, and value of women. It is an educational piece for everyone and students are encouraged to attend.

It was written in 2009 and has had only one performance, 2010, in Palmdale, CA. The playwright, Mildred Dumas, is a 45 year veteran of stage, screen, and television and also is a writer of novels. She has appeared in many television shows and was featured in “Unfabulous” as the school principal on the Nickelodeon channel.


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