About This Show

Writer-director Tazewell Thompson stitches together an insider’s look at the unlikely friendship between First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her talented seamstress, the successful freed slave Elizabeth Keckly. As one woman’s skilled hands work overtime, creating the most beautiful garments of her career, the other’s reality continues to slip ever further from her grasp. Old wounds and new recriminations explode in this riveting drama about loss, love and the importance of promises, both kept and broken. This world premiere drama is the first commission of Arena Stage’s American President’s Project.

Show Details

Dates: Opening Night: March 15, 2013 Final Performance: April 28, 2013

Theatermania Review

| | April 3, 2013
Tazewell Thompson’s new play is an intriguing but oddly ambivalent look at history.