It was Emerson, who wrote:
“If the whole of history is in one man, it is all to be explained from individual experience.”
Well, if that one man was Lee Harvey Oswald, then it’s his lunch hour experience on Friday November 22, 1963, that might explain the dreadful path our country has since taken.
But have you ever wondered what if, for instance, Oswald had woken up at Ruth Paine’s that Friday morning and while eating his bowl of cereal cracked a tooth? And instead of heading off to work, he had to spend the morning at the dentist office?
What would our World be like?
For one thing, just imagine how uncluttered our national memory bank would be. No Love Field, Dealey Plaza, Elm Street, Texas School Book Depository, no Grassy Knoll, or Parkland Hospital to remember. No strange characters to dwell over, no babushka lady, no badge man, umbrella man, or Woody Harrelson’s old man. Plus, no Cuban looking man with a walkie-talkie in his back pocket, either. And think about all the empty space there would be in our National Archives, all those trees saved.
All of these are thankfully oblivious to us because the Presidential motorcade proceeded uneventfully through downtown Dallas arriving at the next destination, the Dallas Trade Mart. There President Kennedy is scheduled to make a speech before the elite of Dallas Society.
And that is the premise of the play Lancer & Lace. What if JFK survived the trip through downtown Dallas? Would all be well? Or was he living on borrowed time during the autumn months of 1963? And in surviving the Dallas motorcade leg, does he only escape his first appointment with destiny?
Playing the President is an international film actor Michael Brzezinski. Jackie Kennedy is performed by Sarah Ulstrup, a stage and film actor from Washington D.C. (Wilson High School). She has a BA in Theater from Oberlin College and a degree in Film Acting from The Prague Film School. The Secret Service Agent is played by Zak Webb.