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HICK: A Love Story (AUDIO)

By Charlotte Robinson, September 04, 2019
As part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival playwright/actress Terry Baum is performing her solo play “HICK: A Love Story” based on the romance of Lorena Hickok & Eleanor Roosevelt for 4 performances only on Thursday September 5th at 8:30P, Saturday September 7th at 2P, Sunday September 8th at 6:30P & Thursday September 12th at 7P at the EXIT Theatre 156 Eddy Street in San Francisco, CA. Lorena Hickok was the most famous woman journalist of her day & the first woman to have a byline on the front page of the NY Times. She met Eleanor Roosevelt (ER) during FDR’s first Presidential campaign in 1932. She convinced her editor that this particular candidate’s wife was worth her own reporter & was assigned to the job herself. The love affair between the aristocratic First Lady & the charming, hard-living butch reporter lasted several years. HICK: A Love Story is based on 2,336 letters ER wrote to Hick over 30 years. These letters were discovered in 1978 when a researcher opened 18 boxes willed to the FDR Library by Lorena Hickok. The letters document a passionate lesbian relationship between Hick & ER in the early years of their friendship & a deep connection that lasted Eleanor’s lifetime. A few of ER’s quotes from these letters during their affair include “I can’t kiss you, so I kiss your picture good night & good morning” & “I would give a good deal to put my arms around you & to feel yours around me. I love you deeply & tenderly.” Hick helped Mrs. Roosevelt become an outspoken, media-savvy activist for democracy & human rights & one of the greatest women of the 20th century. I talked to Terry about her play in the exclusive podcast in 2015.
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