Elaine Bromka: A Brilliant Actress Plays Powerful First Ladies

Elaine Bromka

Elaine Bromka as Betty Ford

What is it like for a woman when her husband becomes the President of the United States? When suddenly the person that she used to pester about taking out the garbage is the most powerful man in the world? How do you carve out an identity for yourself when you must constantly stand in your partner’s spotlight instead of your own?

These are some of the questions that Emmy-Award winning actress Elaine Bromka addresses in her brilliant one-woman show, Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat, and Betty which is running through June 29 at Urban Stages Theater, 259 West 30th Street, New York, NY. Tickets to the 80 minute show are available at 212-868-4444 or through SmartTix. ($45 General Admission; $35 Seniors; $25 Students).

The show explores the hopes, fears, quirks and loves of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford, and reveals them as complicated and passionate women who suddenly found themselves in what Pat Nixon called “the hardest unpaid job in the world.”

Elaine Bromka, a long-time member of the WomenArts Network, brings over 30 years of experience as a professional actress to her portrayals of these three First Ladies. She has appeared on Broadway and in regional theatres around the country, as well as playing featured roles in films (she was Cindy, the mom in Uncle Buck ) and many hit television shows such as E.R., The Sopranos, Providence, Dharma & Greg, Made in Jersey, Sisters, L.A. Law, and Law and Order. She played Stella Lombard on Days of Our Lives, and was in the Emmy Award–winning Playing for Time with Vanessa Redgrave, as well as Catch a Rainbow, for which Bromka won her Emmy.

In a world of increasing political polarization, Tea for Three reaches across the aisles and inspires hope by showing the shared humanity of these three powerful women. You can watch video excerpts from the show below: