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Mary T. & Lizzy K.

World Premiere Play

written and directed by Tazewell Thompson
in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
March 15 – May 5, 2013

“Smashing … staged with theatrical dash by Tazewell Thompson.” – Washington Post (M. Butterfly)

Writer/director Tazewell Thompson (dir. M. Butterfly, Yellowman) stitches together an insider’s look at the unlikely friendship between First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her talented seamstress, the successful freed slave Elizabeth Keckly. As one woman’s skilled hands work overtime, creating the most beautiful garments of her career, the others’ reality continues to slip ever further from her grasp. Old wounds and new recriminations explode in this riveting drama about loss, love and the importance of promises, both kept and broken. This world premiere drama is the first commission of Arena Stage’s American President’s Project.