Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center
Regularly priced tickets are $25-$35.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat and Betty on Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15 in Ferguson Hall.
Written by Eric H. Weinberger with Elaine Bromka and starring the Emmy® Award-winning Bromka, this one-woman show 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.” Weaving in the presidents, social change and politics of the time in a way that appeals to all audiences, Tea for Three has been critically acclaimed for its blend of humor and passion.
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 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 said. “I realized I wanted to tell the story from their point of view.”
Bromka has more than 30 years of 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 ER, The Sopranos and Law & Order.
A Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominee, Weinberger is the author of several off-Broadway plays, including Wanda’s World and Class Mothers ’68. Tea for Three is directed by Byam Stevens.
Performances are Thursday at 2 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Jaeb Theater. Regularly priced tickets are $25-$35 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office or online at www.strazcenter.org. Handling fees will apply. For more information about the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and its upcoming events, please visit the Straz Center’s website at www.strazcenter.org.
The Thursday and Friday performances will include a talk back with Bromka after the show.