Wednesday, 03 September 2014 16:33

The Lives of the First Ladies

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R-S Theatrics continues their 2014 “season of strange bedfellows” with Michael John LaChiusa's First Lady Suite, a stylized, surrealistic take on the lives of the United States Presidents’ spouses, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Jackie Kennedy.

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R-S is thrilled to share this theatrical production, as well as Artistic Director Christina Rios when I asked her about tacking such a complex show based on female icons of American History.

“It's always hard to produce anything rooted in history, as it is approached with a different kind of scrutiny than a  production about fictional people,” Christina said.

“But I, personally, love history. I have ways believed that truth is far more interesting and allows the patron to see these people in a way they never imagined before.”

Nick Moramarco, Music Director, was equally excited when he discovered R-S was producing First Lady Suite.

“This cast is great to work with,” Nick said. “Flexible and hard working. They're doing a fantastic job with some extremely difficult music. <And> the music is VERY difficult.  As you mentioned, these characters are iconic. Finding just the right people to handle the music and to portray these well-known figures was a challenge. Luckily, we had a wonderful turnout at auditions, and were graced with the passionate and dedicated performers you'll see on stage.”

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First Lady Suite is directed by Shualee Cook and musically directed by Nick Moramarco


$25 General Admission
$22 Students and Older Adults (with valid ID)
$15 Educators (with valid ID)

First Lady Suite runs September 5th-14th at the Ivory Theatre, located at 7620 Michigan Ave. 63111.

Performances are Friday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm.

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**Special Performances Include:**


Sunday, September 7 - First Timers Night
Never been to an R-S Theatrics show before? Grab a friend, sign up for our mailing list, and get 2 for 1 ticket prices! (valid only on general admission price)

Thursday, September 11 - Pay What You Feel You Can Afford Night 
Art is a necessity, not a luxury. Please come enjoy our open brush up and pay only what you feel you can afford.

Friday, September 12 - Wings of Hope Night
Ticket prices will be raised by $5 and 100% of those funds will go to Wings of Hope to help them continue the great work that they do.

For more information, please visit R-S Theatrics’ website at:

To purchase tickets, call 314-456-0071 or contact by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photography courtesy of Gerry Love