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THE COVER OF LIFE Opens at the Gene Frankel Theater in March

THE COVER OF LIFE Opens at the Gene Frankel Theater in March

Miller-Coffman Productions Proudly Presents The Cover of Life. The Cover of Life will make way to the Gene Frankel Theater in March! Directed by Stephen S. Miller.

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Tood, Weetsie, and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana in 1943. Each married a Cliffert brother. The men are off to war and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning intrigues Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life Magazine and assigns Kate Miller to the story. She has been covering the war in Europe and, though she views doing a "women's piece" as a career set-back, she accepts because it will be her first cover story. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women and her haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face-to-face with her own powerlessness in a man's world. Filled with charm and fun, The Cover of Life is a deeply affecting story about the struggle for self-worth.

THE COVER OF LIFE had its world premiere at the American Stage Company, James N. Vagias, Executive Producer; further developed at The Hartford Stage Company, Mark Lamos, Artistic Director; David Harkanson, Managing Director.

The Cover of Life will be making its way to the Gene Frankel Theater with an opening on 7 March 2018, where it will run for a month in celebration of Woman's History Month. Tood, Weetsie and Sybil the brides of rural Louisiana during 1943. Each young lady married one of the Cliffert brothers. The brothers currently off at war in which a local news story written about the wives left at home in Louisiana keeping the home fires burning intrigued the attention O. Henry Luce. In which he decides that this story would make a perfect cover for Life Magazine. Kate Miller is assigned to the story. Kate has been focused on the way in Europe, though she is surprised to be asked to cover this story. "A woman's piece", something that Kate Miller had no interest in doing. Feeling that this would be a set-back in her career at Life Magazine, but she decides to accept the story as this will be her first cover story. Kate Miller is sent down to Sterlington, Louisiana to spend a week with the Cliffert women in her sophisticated New York attitude allows way for the sympathetic feelings as she begins to learn the background that this family holds near and dear to their heart. Kate comes face-to-face with her own powerlessness within a man's world. The Cover of Life is filled with 1943 charm in today's world. This show is deeply filled with an affecting story that will bring such struggle and self-worth to life and the realization that life can bring such bumps along the dirt road. Ronn T. Robinson, Playwright, originally from Bastrop Louisiana and then moved to New York City in his early twenties. As a struggling actor in the New York Theater circle he began to do some writing. He began to write a story based on his life and the life of his mother Ollie Marzelle Fife. Throughout the years of his early childhood, Ronn described this in an earlier interview in the Hartford Courant: Originally from Bastrop, Louisiana about 15 miles from the Arkansas state in the northeastern part of Louisiana, described by R. T. Robinson It's hilly land, very Faulkneresque: magnolia trees, bayous, very rich land, a lot of clay. The town has a courthouse square. When the began to be produced in workshops for two years in the late 1980's and early 1990's. The show particularly shows the way men were treated the in that world. Ronn stated, I wasn't going to change the play based on the response of his mother's thoughts, because he felt he had to be as honest as he could through his writing. Ronn believed the secret of great Southern writers is being born into a family of interesting, passionate women, and pointed to the great southern writers such as, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, and described these men as the men who sat around and listened to the women in their lives. Growing up around women, Robinson described his childhood as time spent with women was an inspiration of his great writing skills. Because women tend to sit around, talk about men, life issues, and of course the gossip of the goings on around town. So, there he was, the fly on the wall, taking in the information pertaining to what was happening during the years of his childhood and then adulthood. Robinson described that the best way to write a great show is to place one's self in the middle of the living room with the women back in the 1940's and listening to them talk about everything that they choose to talk about. The Cover of Life began its venture to the New York Stage in the late 1980's and early 1990's when it opened in Florida, Louisiana, and finally at the Hartford Stage in 1993. The show was further developed at the Hartford stage in preparation of the New York City premiere at the American Place Theater in Midtown Manhattan. The show opened at the American Place Theater on October 11, 1994 and closed November 20, 1994. The Cover of Life will be revived in the loving memory of Ronn T. Robinson, by Ronn's nephew and director/producer Stephen S Miller. Since Stephen was very young, he was inspired by Ronn and inspiration through the text of The Cover of Life, and the story behind the scenes.



Wednesday, March 7th * 8PM **First come first serve**


Thursday, March 8th * 8PM


Friday, March 9th * 8PM Saturday, March 10th * 2PM & 8PM Sunday, March 11th * 3PM Wednesday, March 14th * 8PM Thursday, March 15th * 8PM Friday, March 16th * 8PM Saturday, March 17th * 2PM & 8PM Sunday, March 18th * 3PM Wednesday, March 21st * 8PM Thursday, March 22nd * 8PM Friday, March 23rd * 8PM Saturday, March 24th * 2PM & 8PM Sunday, March 25th * 3PM Wednesday, March 28th * 8PM Thursday, March 29th * 8PM Friday, March 30th * 8PM Saturday, March 31st * 2PM and 8PM




Gene Frankel THEATER 24 Bond Street New York, NY 10012


105 MINUTES Please note that the show is not suitable for children under 14.

Cast includes:

Jill Cook as Kate Miller

Jessica Carillo as Tood Cliffert

Molly Callahan as Sybil Cliffert

Abigail Milnor-Sweetser as Weetsie Cliffert

Amy Losi as Aunt Ola

Maia Nero as Addie Mae

Thomas Kalnas as Tommy Cliffert

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