Black theater troupe presents Looking Over the President's Shoulder February 5-21, 2016
starring Walter Belcher and directed by Pasha Yamotahari
“Have I lived my life wisely?” asks Alonzo Fields in LOOKING OVER THE PRESIDENT’S SHOULDER, the real-life story of a man who, during the Great Depression, is forced to give up his dreams of becoming an opera singer and instead finds employment at the most famous address in the country.
Before Lee Daniel’s and Oprah Winfrey’s film The Butler, Emmy Award-winning writer James Still penned this play, placing Alonzo Fields front and center on the stage. This is a first-person historical observation that you won’t find in a textbook or museum. From his unique perspective as Chief Butler, Fields ushers us into the behind-the-scenes of the households of four U.S. presidents (Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower) as well as their famous guests through the years which included Winston Churchill, Marian Anderson, Errol Flynn and the king and queen of England.
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photos: Laura Durant