ABOUT CONFIDENCE (and The Speech)
On July 4, 1979 President Carter cancelled an important energy policy speech he was scheduled to give the next day and disappeared to Camp David. Ten days later, he emerged from his impromptu domestic summit and gave a new speech, the Crisis of Confidence speech, which became known as the “malaise” speech. The speech garnered overwhelmingly positive responses at first and many now view the speech as unprecedented, farsighted and insightful. Others think it may have ultimately cost him the White House.
Forty years later, college professor Cynthia Cooper is approached by a stranger, a young man, and asked to recall her time with the Carter Administration during the days before the now infamous Crisis of Confidence speech. If she is going to tell her story of that time - the story told from her perspective - she is going to play the President. And the young man who wants to know her story? Well he is going to play her.
ABOUT THE CREATORS: The Lambert Sisters
This unique cross-gender play, written by 134 West’s Susan Lambert Hatem and produced/directed by Anne Lambert of Charlotte's Off-Broadway, explores the confidence of a president, a nation in chaos, and women in politics. It is the first cross-country collaboration between the Lambert Sisters! Follow our journey as we develop this new political play in a time when we need to see the world of politics differently.
WHERE AND WHEN - September 6, 2018
We are incredibly excited to bring this production of Confidence (and the Speech) to Charlotte, North Carolina!
When: September 6 - 15, 2018
Where: Duke Energy Theatre in Spirit Square - 345 N. College St, Charlotte, NC 28202. https://www.blumenthalarts.org/visiting/spirit-square/duke-energy-theater
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We need to pay for the theater, the set, and, of course, our actors. We have ten (count 'em, 10) actors and projection and 70s costumes! It will cost just over $20,000 to put on this show for the first production. We've got some private backers and we expect to get some grants. But to help make CONFIDENCE (and The Speech) happen, we’re looking to raise $5,000 from you - our supporters on Kickstarter - to get our production up and running! Every donation, no matter the size, is a step towards reaching our goal. If you like our project and want to do more to help, please support us by sharing this page with your friends and family.
Risks and challenges
This production is not a conventional one. It’s not common to see a woman take the role of a former president onstage, and it’s even less common to see a man portray a woman in a historical context. We’re not here to play it safe.
Our biggest challenge will be raising the funds we need to cover all our expenses, but with your support, we fully expect to be able to produce C(ATS) in Charlotte this Fall.
“Hey, I don’t care about a perk, I just wanna give you money and take a tax write-off.” Great! A donation at our Fractured Atlas page is eligible for a 501(c)(3) tax deduction:
Thank you for taking the time to read about our project and for supporting independent theater.
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