Downtown Springfield Association
Liz and Ladybird: Whistlestop 1964! (MO Solo Play Festival)

Liz and Ladybird: Whistlestop 1964! (MO Solo Play Festival)

January, 11 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

302 E. Pershing St. Springfield, MO 65806


Written and performed by Sheila Gordon*
Directed by Rebecca Whitehurst

In October of 1964, the Deep South was fiercely set against re-electing President Lyndon Johnson, due to passage of the Civil Rights Act. The LBJ plan: send Lady Bird Johnson through 1692 miles of Southern towns to sell the War on Poverty and Civil Rights agendas. For the first time in U.S. history, a First Lady would take to the campaign trail unaccompanied by her husband. In an era when women were expected to speak only about subjects such as home and family, Lady Bird surprised voters throughout the nation with her eloquence on issues such as healthcare, economics, and education and shaped the future of women in politics. Told from the perspective of Press Secretary Liz Carpenter, seamlessly portrays various members of the ‘64 LBJ White House and the Lady Bird Whistle Stop Campaign Tour. World Premiere.
*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association on a Special Appearance Contract.