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LOVE FIELD

The Bakehouse Theatre Company is presenting Love Field, a play by award-winning Melbourne playwright Ron Elisha about a conversation that never took place.

The hypothetical conversation is between Lyndon B. Johnson and Jacqueline Kennedy aboard Air Force One, on their way to Washington to face a grieving public after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

“They may have had a conversation because LBJ needed to make some phone calls and the most private place to do this was the presidential suite and that’s where Jackie was,” says Ben Wood (Henry IV, Empire), who plays LBJ.

Wood continues that Love Field is, “based on an actual conversation that was recorded ten days later between LBJ and Jackie. It’s a strange conversation, there’s a lot of subtext and information that you don’t get.”

The play delves beyond the public personas of the two, exploring their fears and regrets at such a turbulent time.

Love Field is directed by Micheal Dean with Lizzie Schebesta (Mrs Warren’s Profession, Macbeth) playing Jackie Kennedy.

“It’s nice to be able to get back to a smaller theatre,” says Wood.

“Lizzie is such a great actress and Michael knows exactly what he wants.” (PG)

Oct 24-Nov 2, TAP Gallery, 45 Burton St, Darlinghurst, $22-30, bakehousetheatrecompany.com.au

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