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Thorson, Pamela (American playwright, actress, director, 1948-____), “Camp David Diaries Volume II, Bess Truman 1945-1953,”

a 55-minute historic dramatization in English, set in Main Lodge, Camp David, Catoctin Mountains, Maryland, U.S.A., 1945-1953,

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; • © 2001 by Pamela Thorson; • in Pamela Thorson’s Camp David Diaries Volume II, Bess Truman 1945-1953 (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.A.: The Author, 2001); • 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 19, 2002; Sandow says,

§ Dramatis Persona Actress/Bess Truman (f), 60, performer herself/wife of President.

§ Synopsis “The Actress as herself appears on stage in a dressing gown and introduces herself to the audience. She begins sharing a little period history while she prepares her make up 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 Bess Truman period costume, dons her wig, and reappears from the other side of the screen, introducing herself as Bess Truman, 1945. For the next forty-five minutes all action occurs at Camp David spanning a period of eight years. Bess alternately reads aloud from her diary or directly speaks to the audience. Bess prepares a note for Mamie Eisenhower to find with the diary.

§ Comment “Simple to stage, the two scenes occur within the same set. The only change is characterization—from the Actress as herself to Bess. The special requirement is to hold Bess’ voice for forty-five minutes. • This play premiered at Prosperity Oaks in Palm Beach Gardens Florida on November 25, 2001 and since then has been performed numerous times in south Florida [U.S.A.].”

§ Themes Bess (Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman, U. S. first lady, 1885-1982), biography, diary, fame, history, Mamie (Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower, U. S. first lady, 1896-1979), memory, play within a play, reminiscence.

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