MARY TODD:  A Woman Apart
The Centenary Stage Company presents
www.centenarystageco.org

MARY TODD - A Woman Apart
by CARL WALLNAU III
Samuel Beckett Theatre
407 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues)
(212) 279-4200

April 24th through May 17th

performed by COLLEEN SMITH WALLNAU
with
First ASM/First Attendant: DESIREE FITZGERALD
Second ASM/Second Attendant: CYNTHIA CICMANSKY


Directed by CARL WALLNAU III
Set Design: GORDON DANIELE
Costume Design: BRENDA LIGHTCAP
Sound Design: JOSEPH LANGHAM & SARA BADER
Choreographer: CAROLYN COULSON-GRIGSBY
Stage Manager: KIMOTHY CRUSE
Technical Manager: BRIAN COPOSKY

Events in the life of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife and widow of United
States President Abraham Lincoln, are certainly enough fodder for an
interesting piece of theatrical work.  In addition to surviving the
assassination of her husband, she buried three of her four sons.  The
fourth had her declared legally insane and admitted to a private
asylum.  Although released four months later, she spent the remainder
of her life sequestered and died alone at the age of 63.
        
Carl Wallnau's MARY TODD: A Woman Apart portrays a
complex woman challenged by public triumphs and personal
tragedies.  Pride in her husband's accomplishments did not erase
disdain for the press and being forced into the public's eye.  Colleen
Smith Wallnau does a marvelous job of wrapping up all the
contradictions in her presentation of this tortured survivor.  She easily
melds sharp wit and defiance with vulnerability and confusion.  She
gives us a woman losing grip on a cruel existence and yet determined
to hold on to her memories of victorious moments.  Although this
play probably would be more effective in one act (there are enough
breaks in sanity without the vacuum of an intermission), MARY
TODD: A Woman Apart is a fine tribute to a little-understood First
Lady.
          
 - Laurie Lawson -
 
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