The Lady with All the Answers

The Lady with All the Answers poster

The Lady with All the Answers poster

WIU graduate student, Brooke Edwards, is directing the upcoming production of THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS for the Starry Night Repertory Theatre. The production is a comedy about the advice columnist Ann Landers. WIU professor Jeannie Woods will perform the one-woman show.

About the play, Edwards notes that THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANWERS is a comical, engaging, and heartfelt play about the Ann Landers we think we know and the Eppie Lederer we didn’t. Audiences will be entertained and surprised by the stories revealed through Ann’s letters and her own life experiences. She was more than a lady with answers. She was a woman of great empathy who wanted her life to be meaningful. I think the audience will be surprised to find out how meaningful it really was.”

Edwards comes to WIU with an extensive professional background in acting and directing. She is a student in the MFA in Directing Program in the WIU’s Department of Theatre and Dance who has directed many productions for WIU University Theatre. She received her undergraduate degree in Costuming at WIU.  Most recently, Edwards is the recipient of the Best Actress in a Play Kevin Kline award.

Woods is a Professor of Theatre who teaches Directing and Theatre History at WIU. She will perform under her stage name, Jeannie Marlin. She has acted in theatres around the country, including playing Maria Callas in MASTER CLASS and Lettice in LETTICE AND LOVAGE. Most recently Jeannie performed the role of the Duchess in WIU Summer Music Theatre’s ME AND MY GIRL.

THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS opens April 20th and plays through April 28th. The theatre is located at Taylor’s Hall, 125 South Randolph, next to the Wine Sellers in Macomb. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday Matinees at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 General Admission, $15 for senior citizens, and $10 for students. Call for information and reservations: 309-255-8570.

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