The Cover of Life
Gene Frankel Theater
Tood, Weetsie, and Sybil are brides in rural Louisiana in 1943. Each married a Cliffert brother. The men are off to war and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning intrigues Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life Magazine and assigns Kate Miller to the story. She has been covering the war in Europe and, though she views doing a "women's piece" as a career set-back, she accepts because it will be her first cover story. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women and her haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face-to-face with her own powerlessness in a man's world. Filled with charm and fun, The Cover of Life is a deeply affecting story about the struggle for self worth.
The Cover of Life will be revived in the loving memory of Ronn T. Robinson, by Ronn’s nephew and director/producer Stephen S Miller. Since Stephen was very young, he was inspired by Ronn and inspiration through the text of The Cover of Life, and the story behind the scenes. Stephen sat down with his mother and learned more of the information with the background of the story behind Ronn and his life. “I met Ronn in the early 1980’s through a dear friend Rodney Armstrong and then life partner of Ronn, and we began a lifelong friendship” Kate Miller says. “When I first met Rodney, he was in a long-term relationship with Rudolpho Sormiento, who passed away of AIDS during the late 1970’s, and in the early 1980’s Rodney was on a train to his summer home in the Hamptons and met Ronn on the train heading for the Hamptons. Rodney at this point was diagnosed with AIDS, but Rodney and Ronn became partners” Kate Miller describes. “Rodney passed away in the mid 1980’s of AIDS complications, and through the emotional roller coaster, Ronn focused on his performing around New York, teaching English at a college in New York, and writing his show.” Kate Miller finishes with. “Through the final years of the preparation of the show, Ronn and I spoke frequently and spent much time traveling to the south to see the developments of the show and then we took a trip out to Hartford to see the show in the final stages of development when it opened at the Hartford stage, and then soon after, the American Place Theater.” Kate Miller states.
"The kind of roles actresses dream of. Robinson's writing has a warm, rural flavor and [the] conflicts are laced with a poignant urgency." - Variety
"Vivid." - Newark Star Ledger
"Stirring and funny." - Teaneck Daily Record
The play will run Thursday-Sunday from March 8th-March 31st, 8pm
Run Time: 105 mins