New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 11 - Page 23

cally coherent in two hours. To do that, the play moves swiftly from one point in time to weeks or months later. In a way, the staging shows just how crazy that period of time was. Absolutely. I worked hard in terms of making sure it was all historically accurate to an extent. You have to include huge events like getting into World War I and getting out of the war, but they weren’t necessarily huge events that I wanted to dramatize with Edith’s point of view on them. It was a period of American history which is 100 years old now and some people know and a lot of people don’t. The Great War, as it was called, is vitally important as is Woodrow Wilson’s presidency. We were an isolationist country and Wilson took us into the modern power we are now. I was trying to tell as much of that history, while ing sure it was understandable and not glib against the backdrop of his great romance. What also fascinated me about the story was how the personal affects the political. How Woodrow Wilson may have been the most powerful person in the world, but he was still a human being. He was grieving the loss of his first wife and fell in love with a strong-willed woman, and those two personalities controlled world events. Can you imagine the fallout today if a President had a stroke and the administration tried hiding it? I just think you couldn’t. If Obama was gone for three days, the media scrutiny would be intense. You could never get away with saying he’s suffering exhaustion. You wouldn’t last more than a week if something like this happened. 2015 - ISSUE 11 ARTICLES 23