Confidence (and The Speech)


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 many now view 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 "malaise" speech. If she is going to tell her story of that time, 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.


Schedule varies: check show website for most up to date information

Theatre Row Theatre

(New York, NY)
424 West 42nd St. (9th & 10th)
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by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2019
In celebration of President Jimmy Carter's 95th birthday (October 1, 1924), Charlotte's Off Broadway (Producer, Anne Lambert) today announced the cast and creative team for the Off-Broadway premiere of CONFIDENCE (and The Speech), a new play, written by Susan Lambert Hatem and directed by Hannah Ryan (Hamilton, An American in Paris) for a limited engagement at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street a?' between 9th & 10th Avenues).
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2017
134 West has announced a benefit reading of CONFIDENCE (and The Speech), a new play by Susan Lambert Hatem, on Wednesday, November 8, at 7:30pm. The play was a second round finalist in this year's Austin Film Festival Playwriting Contest. Donations will benefit Emily's List and She Should Run, two organizations which work to get more women into political office.
by Perry Tannenbaum - May 15, 2018
Charlotte's Off-Broadway takes a homespun approach to Matt Lyle's BARBECUE APOCALYPSE that makes it seem more real than it did in 2015. So does the absence of a rational adult in the White House.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2019
William Shakespeare's Macbeth gets a daring new production in Downtown LA's arts district thanks to 134 West. Directed by Alyssa Escalante, thisMacbeth, set in a near future desert landscape, will have a limited engagement at Art Share L.A. from Thursday, August 15 through Saturday, September 7, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2019
William Shakespeare's Macbeth gets a daring new production in Downtown LA's arts district thanks to 134 West. Directed by Alyssa Escalante, this Macbeth, set in a near future desert landscape, will have a limited engagement at Art Share L.A. from Thursday, August 15 through Saturday, September 7, 2019.