Confidence (and The Speech) is a not-exactly-true perspective of a very true story, wrapped in a fantasy. Please support our Kickstarter to raise the final funds we need for the first production of this new play with history! Help us get there via Kickstarter: http://tinyurl.com/y7oc7y3t
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SYNOPSIS: On July 4, 1979 President Carter cancelled an important energy policy speech he was scheduled to give the next day and disappeared to Camp David. Ten days later, he emerged from his impromptu domestic summit and gave a new speech, the Crisis of Confidence speech, which became known as the “malaise” speech. The speech garnered overwhelmingly positive responses at first and many now view the speech as unprecedented, farsighted and insightful. Others think it may have ultimately cost him the White House.
Forty years later, college professor Cynthia Cooper is approached by a stranger, a young man, and asked to recall her time with the Carter Administration during the days before the now infamous Crisis of Confidence speech. If she is going to tell her story of that time – the story told from her perspective – she is going to play the President. And the young man who wants to know her story? Well, he is going to play her. This unique cross-gender play explores the confidence of a president, a nation in chaos and women in politics.
Charlotte’s Off-Broadway and 134 West present a production of this new play, CONFIDENCE (and The Speech).
WHEN: September 6- 15
WHERE: Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square
Written by Susan Lambert Hatem
Directed by Anne Lambert
This uniquely cross-gender play explores the confidence of a president, a nation in chaos and women in politics.
– Confidence (and The Speech) was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference.
– Second Round finalist for the Austin Film Festival Playwriting Contest.
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Reading, Boston Court Performing Arts Center – Pasadena, CA – May 2017
Reading, Son of Semele Theatre – Los Angeles, CA – November 2017
Reading, Charlotte’s Off-Broadway – Charlotte, NC – March 2018
Reading, Charlotte's Off-Broadway - Charlotte, NC - June 2018
Upcoming Workshop Production! – Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square – Charlotte, NC – September 6-15, 2018
We are seeking producers and feedback for this exciting new political play.