I’m lucky to the playing the role of Addie Mae McGough Blackard in “The Cover of Life” at Strauss Theatre.Center. Addie Mae is a small town reporter in Sterlington, Louisiana in 1943. She wants so badly to be famous and when her local article gets picked up by The Times-Picayune she is thrilled. When LIFE Magazine comes calling she couldn’t be more ecstatic!
I think Addie Mae really was insightful about what made a story interesting to the public, even if it wasn’t always delivered in the most delicate way. ‘The truth is the truth and people need to know it’ would probably have been one of her favorite sayings. If Addie Mae were alive and reporting today’s news she would be having a field day in Washington, D.C.