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An American Daughter
Lyssa Dent Hughes is the privileged, well-educated daughter of a Republican senator. She is the wife of a professor and the owner of a lovely house in Georgetown. She is also the president's nominee for Surgeon General. When the media discovers that once, long ago, she failed to respond for jury duty, this relatively minor misstep is portrayed as a serious moral lapse. A g...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 19th 1999 by Mariner Books
(first published 1998)
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I really like this play, I wonder if it’s possible for our small backwater community theater group to do right by it. The play is about a doctor and heath care executive, who passionately wants national health care and women's reproductive freedom, is a wife and mother to young sons, the daughter of an Indiana senator, and the five times great- granddaughter of Ulysses Grant, is nominated to be Surgeon General and her nomination is scuttled because she ignored a jury summons. It has some funny l...more
I used to love Wendy Wasserstein, but now her writing just makes me feel consistently sad and trapped as a woman - I think she tries to create happy endings within the world of tensions and unhappiness that she describes, but her emphasis on the continuing constraints and shifting traps that waylay women over time may be realistic, but it makes me feel hopeless!
Wendy Wasserstein was an award-winning American playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She was the recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.More about Wendy Wasserstein...