Mercy Warren's TeaMercy Warren's Tea by Jovanka Bach

An Odyssey Theater guest production by John Stark, Mercy Warren's Tea opens Friday, Nov 27th at 8:00 p.m. With Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. until Dec. 20th. Winner of “best drama” on American Public Radio when it was originally broadcast in 1977.

Founding Mother, Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814), America’s first woman playwright and historian, secretly authored anti- British plays that sparked Revolutionary sentiment . Mercy Warren gives a tea party welcoming important guests - including Abigail Adams and Peggy Arnold. Tensions mounts as the play unfolds and we learn more about our leading political figures of the time....and secrets are revealed.

Theater Review: L.A. Times Culture Monster

Mona Lee Wylde as Abigail Adams and Dona Luisa Guinan as Mercy Warren

"And you thought the founding fathers had all the fun. Jovanka Bach’s “Mercy Warren’s Tea,” now at the Odyssey, presents Revolution politics as full-on catfight. Massachusetts, 1783: Mrs. Warren (Donna Luisa Guinan), whose satirical plays roused patriotic sentiment, invites old friend Abigail Adams (Mona Lee Wylde) over for some girl talk -- and a chance to meet Peggy Arnold (Susan Ziegler), wife of the notorious traitor. When a Native American woman (Tanya Starcevich) storms in on the trio with a gun, the fur is really set to fly."

— Charlotte Stoudt


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