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“Camp David Diaries Volume I, Eleanor Roosevelt 1942-1945”


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Thorson, Pamela (American playwright, actress, director, 1948-____), “Camp David Diaries Volume I, Eleanor Roosevelt 1942-1945,”

a 55-minute historic dramatization in English, set in Main Lodge, Camp David, Catoctin Mountains, Maryland, U.S.A., 1942-1945,

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; • © 2000 by Pamela Thorson; • in Pamela Thorson’s Camp David Diaries Volume I, Eleanor Roosevelt 1942-1945 (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000); • script/rights available from Sterling-Miller Publishing Company, Inc., Attn: Stuart Sandow, 12573 Woodmill Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418, U.S.A., e-mail infact@southernet.net, telephone (work) 561-622-1949, fax 561 775 0839; contact Pamela Thorson, 12573 Woodmill Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418, U.S.A., e-mail pkthorson@hotmail.com, telephone (work/home) 561-622-1949, fax 561 775 0839. • Cited by Stuart Sandow via ftp February 17, 2002; Sandow says,

§ Dramatis Persona Actress/Eleanor Roosevelt (f), performer herself/ 50, wife of President Roosevelt.

§ Synopsis “The Actress as herself appears on stage in a dressing gown and introducing herself to the audience. She begins sharing a little period history while she prepares her make up while seated at a dressing table. She finally dons a skullcap at some point in her tale and steps behind a screen, removes her dressing gown, revealing her Eleanor Roosevelt period costume and dons her wig and exits the other side of the screen as Eleanor Roosevelt, 1942. Introducing herself as Eleanor, to the audience. For the next 45 minutes all action takes place at Camp David spanning a period of 3 years with Eleanor alternating reading from her diary to the audience, or speaking directly to the audience. The performance ends with Eleanor preparing a note for Bess Truman to find with the diary.

§ Comment “This simple production has two scenes taking place within the same set. The only change is from the Actress as herself, to Eleanor in character. There is a special requirement to be able to hold a character voice for an extended period of time. • The play was first performed in West Palm Beach, Florida [U.S.A.], in April 2000 at the Mckeen Tower Theater. Since then it has been performed numerous times to various audiences in various theaters in South Florida.”

§ Themes Bess (Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman, U. S. first lady, 1885-1982), biography, diary, fame, memory, play within a play, history, reminiscence, Eleanor (born Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, U. S. first lady, social activist, women in history, writer, 1884-1962), reminiscence.

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