TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty

Lady Bird
Lady Bird. Photo by Tom Bambara.

“TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty”
OFFERS PORTRAITS OF THREE FORMIDABLE FIRST LADIES

Three former First Ladies will be sharing secrets at Michigan Tech, on Wednesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m., in the unforgettably vivid one-woman show, TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty, in the McArdle Theater.

Written by Eric H. Weinberger with Elaine Bromka, and starring the Emmy Award-winning Ms. Bromka, the play is a witty and intimate re-imagining of three women who suddenly found themselves celebrities — a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford, revealing the personal cost of what Mrs. Nixon called the “hardest unpaid job in the world.”

Touring the country, Tea for Three has been critically acclaimed for its blend of humor and passion, cited as “marvelous, poignant” (The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.) and “a fascinating evening, laced with insight, emotion and humor… brilliant acting” (The Record-Review, in Westchester County.) The show will open Off-Broadway in June 2013.

Elaine Bromka
Elaine Bromka. Photo by John Puric.

Ms. Bromka has over thirty years’ experience in film, television, Broadway, and off-Broadway. She appeared as the mom in Uncle Buck with John Candy, as Stella on Days of our Lives, and on E.R., The Sopranos, and Law and Order.

The inspiration for Tea for Three came about when Bromka starred opposite Rich Little in The Presidents, which she performed across the country and on PBS. Called upon to impersonate eight of the most recent first ladies, she ended up spending months poring over videotapes of the women. Studying nuances of their body language and speech patterns to explore psychologically why they moved and spoke as they did, she became more and more drawn in by their personalities.

“These were women of intelligence and grit who suddenly found themselves in a fishbowl,” Bromka observed. “I realized I wanted to tell the story from their point of view.”

“And I wanted to explode myths. Pat was called ‘Plastic Pat’ in the press, for example, because she was always smiling. Look more closely at her eyes, though. There’s nothing plastic about her. You see the eyes of a private, watchful survivor.”

Her collaborator, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominee Weinberger, is the author of several off-Broadway plays, including Wanda’s World and Class Mothers ’68. He and Bromka zeroed in on the three women, linking their stories by revealing each one at the threshold moment of the end of her time in the White House.

Directed by Byam Stevens, the eighty-five minute performance will be at 7:30 PM, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at McArdle Theatre. Free admission.

Sponsored by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series, which is funded by the President’s Office and a grant to the Office of Institutional Diversity for the State of Michigan King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Elaine Bromka

Elaine has been a professional actress for over thirty years. Film: Cindy, the mom in Uncle Buck; In the Family, Without a Trace. T.V.: Sex & the City, E.R., Made in Jersey, The Sopranos, Providence, Dharma & Greg, Law and Order, Law and Order: Special Victims’ Unit and Criminal Intent, Stella Lombard on Days of our Lives, the Emmy Award-winning Playing for Time with Vanessa Redgrave and Catch a Rainbow, for which Ms. Bromka herself won an Emmy. She has appeared on Broadway (The Rose Tattoo, I’m Not Rappaport, Macbeth) and off-Broadway (Cloud 9 at the Lucille Lortel, the Roundabout’s Inadmissible Evidence with Nicol Williamson, the world premiere of Michael Weller’s Split at Ensemble Studio Theatre and Candide with the National Theatre of the Deaf.) She has played leads at regional theaters across the country, including Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, ACT/Seattle, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Shakespeare and Company, McCarter Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and the Folger Theatre Group. Her portrayal of Shirley Valentine at the George Street Playhouse was cited as the 1997 outstanding solo performance in New Jersey by the Star Ledger. Ms. Bromka has performed her one-woman show, TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty across the country. The impetus for that play came from her portraying eight First Ladies opposite Rich Little in The Presidents on tour and for PBS.

She is a member of The Actors Studio and Ensemble Studio Theatre. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College, she returned as a faculty member, teaching “Acting for the Media” there. As a guest artist, Ms. Bromka has taught her one-day “Acting for the Camera” and “Making Your Monologue HOT” workshops at more than ninety colleges and prep schools across the country.

Tea For Three – Poster

Color character shots by Ron Marotta:
Lady Bird Johnson — in pink dress
Pat Nixon — facing to the side a bit, in teal blue dress
Betty Ford — with hands in air, in periwinkle polka dot dress
Betty Ford – in bathrobe

Tea For Three Poster
Tea For Three Poster


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Cheap Therapy features Joel Tepsa on guitar and vocals, Mike Irish on bass, Denny McKaig on guitar and vocals, Paula McKaig on keyboard, accordion, vocals and trumpet, Dave Rulison on guitar and vocals, and Tom Collins on saxophone and vocals.

Read more at Keweenaw Now.


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BEST IN SHOW
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FIRST PLACE 2D
MTU Provost’s Award
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FIRST PLACE 3D
MTU Dean’s Award
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COMMUNITY CHOICE AWARD
“Good Citizens” by Ray Lahikainen

SECOND PLACE 2D
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SECOND PLACE 3D
“A Way of Being” by Sue Stephens

HONORABLE MENTION
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Read more at Tech Today.

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Read more at Michigan Tech Lode, by Rohit Sharma.


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Associate Professor Christopher Plummer is a finalist in the Associate Professor/Professor category.

Assistant Professor Jared Anderson is a finalist in the Assistant Professor/Lecturer/Professor of Practice category.

Read more at Tech Today.


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Read more at Tech Today.

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Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Nick Blecha.

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VPA Co-Sponsors Sibelius Lecture

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Hosted by: Finnish American Heritage Center
Finnish Theme Committee/ Finlandia Foundation Copper Country Chapter

With generous support from
Finlandia University’s Campus Enrichment Fund
Michigan Technological University Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Finlandia Foundation National
Anonymous Donor

Read more at the Finnish American Heritage Center Facebook Event.

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Read more at Keweenaw Now.


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According to Susie Kilpela, artist and longtime faculty member of the VPA, “I am happy to be involved in the GLS, a celebrated art exhibit at Michigan Tech.”

According to showcase coordinator Sarah Fayen Scarlett, “The Peoples’ Choice award gives visitors a chance to choose their favorite. Come in and vote for the piece you like best!”

Read more at Tech Today, by the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.