by R.T. Robinson
March 19 - April 10, 1999
Directed by Terry Veal
In 1943, three brothers have
gone off to war and their brides have moved in with their mother-in-law. Life Magazine
picks up the down-home story and sends a snappy New York writer on assignment. North meets
South and career meets home in this deeply affecting story about the struggles of women to
achieve a sense of self-worth.
From left: Renee' Krapff, Shauna
Lysandra Dial, and Sue Ellen Reiman
THE COVER OF LIFE rings true to
life for playwright Robinson and his hometown of Bastrop, Louisiana. In World War II,
three Bastrop brothers, one of them the playwright's father, had their wives move in with
their mother for the war's duration. LIFE Magazine did send a reporter to do a cover story
on small town America coping with war. Fifty years later, Robinson honored his father and
his town in his play.
The play has bite, humor and
heart with rich scenes for the three young brides, which illustrate varying degrees of
anger, frustration, harbored dreams and shattered illusions.