Common Threads

Common Threads:

Mary Lincoln, Varina Davis, and Elizabeth Keckley

(3w; Simple set with furniture suggesting various interiors)

COMISSIONED BY:

The National Portrait Gallery

RUNNING TIME

80 minutes

STYLE

Play for Adults, Drama

CHARACTERS

Mary Lincoln – wife of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States

Varina Davis – wife of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America

Elizabeth Keckley – an African American seamstress

SYNOPSIS

Common Threads examines the lives of three extraordinary women during a tumultuous time in United States history.  Mary Lincoln, Varina Davis, and Elizabeth Keckley, were profoundly changed by the war, and shared an unlikely common bond of disillusionment, sorrow, betrayal, and loss.

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