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An American DaughterAn American Daughter
By Wendy Wasserstein

January 14 - February 5, 2005

Directed by Rhonda Clark

Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes seems to have it all, a loving husband, smart kids, a lovely home, a politically prominent father, a highly successful career and now a nomination to become U.S. Surgeon General. However, in Wendy Wasserstein’s play AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER, Lyssa suddenly becomes the center of a national controversy.

Carpenter Square Theatre presents the comedy-drama January 14 – February 5 at Stage Center, located at 400 W. Sheridan in downtown Oklahoma City.

AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER

While playwright Wendy Wasserstein’s inspiration for her play came from real-life scandals that surrounded Clinton nominees for Attorney General, Zoë Baird and Kimba Wood, it becomes about much more than politics. With her usual wit, Wasserstein explores friendship, betrayal, a woman’s struggle to balance career and family, and making choices. Wasserstein (the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning creator of THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, and UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS) has consistently crafted resilient female characters who struggle over career ambition and personal fulfillment.

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In AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER, she presents Lyssa, a leading advocate for women’s health care issues who usually disagrees with her father, a conservative senator. She juggles being a mother, a wife, a doctor and a political campaigner. She and her best friend, Dr. Judith Kaufman, hold onto the belief that working hard and playing by the rules will bring about change. Abiding by that philosophy seems to have paid off when she is nominated for Surgeon General.

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During the filming of a television piece about Lyssa, her husband and a friend share some observations about her busy, over-committed lifestyle. When they reveal an indiscretion from her past, the media seize on the story and it spirals into a major scandal overnight. Meanwhile her support system of friends and family are buckling under various pressures. Soon, Lyssa must decide if the position she wants is worth compromising her views and personal life.

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Rhonda Clark directs the cast which stars Lilli Bassett as the "American Daughter," a descendent of Ulysses S. Grant. Terry Masters makes his Carpenter Square debut as her professor husband who is in the midst of a mid-life crisis, while Jan Williams is her sassy best friend who desperately wants a child. Lyssa’s conservative gay friend Morrow is played by Rodney Brazil, and Bob Cross is her father, Senator Hughes. Also, making her Carpenter Square Theatre debut is Amanda Mimms as a neo-feminist writer and political commentator. The supporting cast includes Jayme Howell, Corey Whaley, Steven Gillmore, Tom Gibson and Christi Newbury who doubles as stage manager. Steven Gillmore’s work also extends behind the scenes as lighting designer and sound engineer. Corey Martin is the production set and costume designer.

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Carpenter Square Theatre is the recipient of a project assistance grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council for this production. Carpenter Square is an Allied Arts member agency and this production is an Allied Arts Star Card event.
 

 THE CAST    

 

Rodney Brazil in AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER

 

An American Daughter

Lyssa Dent Hughes   Lilli Bassett
Quincy Quince   Amanda Mimms
Judith B. Kaufman   Jan Williams
Walter Abrahmson   Terry Masters
Morrow McCarthy   Rodney Brazil
Timber Tucker   Corey Whaley
Senator Alan Hughes   Bob Cross
Charlotte "Chubby" Hughes   Jayme Howell
Jimmy   Christi Newbury
Billy Robbins   Steven Gillmore
Television Crew   Tom Gibson
TV & Radio Voices   Rick Allen Lippert
Ron Williams
Jon Womastek
Heather Potter
Steve English
Boy's Voices   Lane Cooper
Daniel Fernandez
     

THE CREW

   
Director   Rhonda Clark
Set & Costume Design   Corey Martin
Light & Sound Design   Steven Gillmore
Stage Manager   Christi Newbury
Sound & Video Tech.   Amanda Wendelken
Light Board Control   Miguel Hallman
Set Construction   Corey Martin
Tom Gibson
Scenic Painting   Corey Martin
Rhonda Clark
Amanda Wendelken
Properties   Rhonda Clark
Christi Newbury
Running Crew   Tom Gibson
Poster Design   Phil Carlton
Web Photos   Phil Carlton
CST Webmasters   Don Lusk
Phil Carlton
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 SPECIAL THANKS TO

Sadri Rugs - Elliott Schwartz, D.O. - Jon Womastek - John Spence - Mr. & Mrs. Bill Thrash - Nick Backes - Jon Haque - Price Wooldridge - Jeff Morava - John Olson - Clayton Bruner - Randi Carson - Suzanne Charney - Vikki Simer


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