The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


April 11, 2013

Special One Night Performance, Tea For Three

Thursday, April 11, 2013 —

On April 28 at 7p.m., for one night only, Sunrise Theater will present “Tea For Three,” a one woman stage show starring Elaine Bromka, an Emmy winner, a woman of many voices and a huge talent. Her show is a look at three very different First Ladies; Pat Nixon, Lady Bird Johnson and Betty Ford. All three women deserve our admiration and attention. The play will serve as a Sunrise Theater fundraiser.

Tea for Three” is bi-partisan; a warm and compassionate look into the thoughts and feelings of women thrust into one of the least defined jobs ever. Wife is hard enough. Mother is hard enough. Being married to a politician is a task few would take on but when you become First Lady you really have to find your center, your purpose and your style to get through the 4 or 8 years that lie before you.

Tea for Three” has a wonderful sense of comedy and an equally wonderful way of conveying the heart of these remarkable women. It does not apologize, demonize nor dismiss any of them. This is a chance to step into their unique shoes and for us to meet them, maybe for the first time.

Bromka, who has personal connections to the Sandhills region through her friend, fellow actress, and longtime Sunrise supporter Joyce Reehling, has a terrific script and the daring talent to be out there on her own. You will see Pat, Betty and Lady Bird in their full glory, humor and deepest feelings. They shared nothing in common except the White House and being married to men who made a stamp on the country and the world, as did they.

This special show, which is being performed only in Southern Pines, Charlotte and Asheville before it opens in New York in May, is a Don’t Miss for any theater lover or political or historical enthusiast. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to support The Sunrise Theater Capital Improvement and Safety Fund, which will address fire protection, handicap accessibility and other structural needs and improvements in the theater. The tickets are $35 and all seating is reserved. The show starts at 7pm and runs about 85 minutes.

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