Stars from stage, screen and radio will be taking the stage this month to take part in a new documentary play to benefit Dana-Farber. SHE DID ALL THAT – Betty Ford: Speaking Out, Saving Lives is a play penned by Scituate playwright Lisa Rafferty (MOMologues, Finish Line). The production takes a look at the extraordinary life of First Lady Betty Ford, whose courage and candor broke down societal taboos and changed the lives of thousands of women.
“Throughout her life in the White House and beyond, she used every opportunity she could so speak out on issues she felt passionately about, even when others wanted to silence her,” says Rafferty. “She spoke about the Equal Rights Amendment, was pro-choice, advocated for patients with AIDS, supported gay marriage twenty years ago, spoke out in support of Vietnamese refugees after the war, and went public with her own battles with addiction.”
The cast includes Emmy-award winning arts and entertainment critic Joyce Kulhawik, South Shore film actress Erica McDermott (Manchester by the Sea, Patriots Day), Mix 104.1 morning radio personality Kennedy Elsey, celebrated Boston actress Maryann Zschau, singer Paula Markowicz of Divas with a Twist, popular stage veterans Kevin Fennessy and David Giagrando and MOMologues playwright and actress Stefanie Cloutier.
The production features over twelve roles, using verbatim source material, from President and Mrs. Ford, White House reporters, Morley Safer, Maria von Trapp and Grace Slick and others. SHE DID ALL THAT – Betty Ford: Speaking Out, Saving Lives will benefit the Women’s Cancer Center at Dana Farber. The show will take place February 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Company Theatre in Norwell. Tickets are $30 for general seating and $50 for VIP seating, which includes a post-show reception with creator Lisa Rafferty and cast members. For tickets and information, go to companytheatre.com.