Ellen Lawrence Weiner
ELENA DODD in ‘Meet Eleanor FRANKLIN Roosevelt’
‘Meet Eleanor Roosevelt’ , performed by the actress Elena Dodd, is a four-part personal visit from Mrs. Roosevelt. Part I covers Childhood and Adolescence, Part II, Wife, Mother and First Lady, Part III, Private Citizen and First Lady of the World, and Part IV, Advocate for Universal Human Rights. These segments may be presented individually, in sequence or in any combination. A dialogue with the audience follows each performance.
'Meet Eleanor Roosevelt' has been performed from coast-to-coast as well as France, Germany, China, India, Micronesia and Vietnam for audiences of all ages-school children, university students and professors, senior centers and retirement communities, libraries, private organizations and United Nations Association to name a few.
You may select one or more of the below noted sections for presentation. They need not be in chronological order.
Part I: 1884-1905 Childhood and Adolescence
Early childhood years through her courtship and marriage to Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Part II: 1905-1945 Wife, Mother, and First Lady
Years of marriage, ending with Franklin's death in 1945
Part III: 1945-1962 Private Citizen and First Lady of the World
Years following Franklin's death
Part IV:1945-1948 Advocate for Universal Human Rights
Years as chair of the United Nations Human Rights Commission
Recommended grade level for school presentations is grades 4-12
Also available for young audiences (gr. 4-12) A Day With Eleanor Roosevelt
Classroom visits in conjunction with a performance
(For young children (ages 5-8) there is a visit from 'Mrs. Roosevelt' based on the Barbara Cooney book)
What's Said About 'Meet Eleanor Roosevelt'
'...superb...every inch a First Lady' C. Frey, Democrats Abroad, Heidelberg, Germany
'...your performance was talked about for days afterward- a big success for all of us' Thom Ball, Library Manager, Portola Valley/Woodside Libraries, California
'...splendid presentation of Eleanor Roosevelt...powerful presentation' Sharon Holt, Director, Living Legacy Chautauqua, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
'Children have been made personally aware of a woman who demonstrated what it means to be a global citizen' Marj Manglitz, Education Coordinatior, Lincoln Chapter United Nations Association, Lincoln, Nebraska
'Elena Dodd's lively and concise show had the audience glued to their seats as they watched Dodd in rapt attention. Her vivacious stage presence gave one the impression that she was the First Lady herself talking to the gathering at the Ethira of College auditorium yesterday. So moving and impressive was Dodd's presentation of events...that even Eleanor in real would have envied this playwright...' N. Vengadessin, News Today, National Daily, Chennai, India