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Presidents and Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt   

FDR and Eleanor portrayal imageJoin William and Sue Wills as they recreate Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. We tend to remember President Franklin and First Lady Eleanor, and why not as they were in those positions longer than any other couple. But sometimes forgotten are the two young people who met and fell in love and the years of triumphs and tragedies that shaped their personalities and their relationship, which led up to the 1932 election and their 12 years as First Couple. In this presentation, the Wills will focus more on this private side and how that affected their public lives.

As Eleanor Roosevelt wrote: Men and women who live together through long years come to know one another's failings, but they also come to know what is worthy of respect and admiration in those they live with and in themselves.

"Presidents and Their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking" is the creation of the veteran acting and writing team of husband and wife, William and Sue Wills. These troupers of 44 years in theater and now over 9,000 performances together are in their 26th year of bringing to life the stories of 35 different Presidential couples. One patron proclaimed, "Congress should declare them a living national monument."
 Mr. and Mrs. Wills have performed in 36 of our 50 states and given over 30 performances at the nation's Presidential sites.  They are a true working team with William researching and creating the scripts while Sue edits his work and creates the costumes, many of her own design.  They are not "impersonators," but hope that their costumes, dialects, and demeanors will help recreate these historical characters.


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