Three young women in Sterlington, LA, all married to brothers who have gone to war, move in with their husbands’ mother. Their story ends up “on the cover of Life” magazine. Written by Bastrop native, Ronn Robinson, a former performer on the Strauss and ULM stages, the play had a recent successful off-Broadway revival.
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 is presented by Strauss Theatre Center on
October 11, 12, 13, 14, 19 & 20.
PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled performance to allow time to park. Friendly ushers will assist latecomers to a seat at an appropriate moment at the discretion of the theatre.
“The kind of roles actresses dream of. Robinson’s writing has a warm, rural flavor and [the] conflicts are laced with a poignant urgency.”
– Newark Star Ledger
“Stirring and funny.”
– Teaneck Daily Record