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Theatergoers with a nostalgic affection for 20th-century customs like letter writing and daily newspaper reading are the obvious audience for “The Lady With All the Answers,” a chatty solo play by David Rambo that gives us a chance to get up close and personal with Ann Landers, also known as Eppie Lederer. (see video clips of show below)
For decades, millions of Americans sipped their morning coffee and began their day reading three simple words, “Dear Ann Landers”. Eppie Lederer, better known as advice columnist Ann Landers answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples and a multitude of others in need of advice. This one-woman, off-Broadway tour de force provides a compelling portrait of the bubbly, frank and slightly eccentric writer that became a fixture of our culture. Folksy, funny, straightforward and validating, this show is all about the no-nonsense Sioux City, IA native whose daily dialogue with America helped shape the social landscape for the last half century. The touring production of The Lady With All The Answers is produced by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, and will play the The Matthews on October 9 at 7:30 p.m.
This play contains some adult content intended for mature audiences.
Get a taste of the show with this video
For decades, renowned advice columnist Ann Landers answered countless letters from love-lorn teens, confused couples and a multitude of others in need of advice. No topic was off-limits, including nude housekeeping, sex in a motorcycle helmet, the proper way to hang toilet paper, sibling rivalries, addiction, religion and wandering spouses. Landers regaled her readers with direct, insightful and often humorously honest responses.
THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS is presented in 2 acts with ONE 20 intermission. Total running time is just under 2 hours.
Late on a 1975 night in Landers’ Chicago apartment, an ironic twist of events confronts her with a looming deadline for a column dealing with a new kind of heartbreak: her own. As she shares her struggles to complete the column with us, we learn as much about ourselves as we do about the wise, funny, no-nonsense woman whose daily dialogue with America helped shape the social and sexual landscapes of the last half-century.
Meet Rebecca McGraw
Rebecca McGraw (Ann Landers) – Rebecca McGraw is pleased to have the opportunity to work the Nebraska Theatre Caravan on their production of David Rambo’s The Lady with All the Answers. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Rebecca moved to New York at age 20 to pursue her acting career. While there, she appeared in many musicals including Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance, and Of Thee We Sing Gershwin; with the Spotlight Repertory Theatre, Born to Rhumba with the Duo Theatre and a world-premiere production of The Snow Queen. She wrote, compiled, and directed a fundraiser for AMFAR featuring the original works of composer Tom Simonds called Simonds Says at the West Side Dance Project with music director Andrew Lippa. She is also proud to have spent two years performing with the Manhattan Chapter of the USO.
From New York, Rebecca moved to Normal, Illinois to pursue her MFA in Acting from Illinois State University. Favorite roles there include Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Hedda in Hedda Gabler, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. She also spent two seasons performing with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Rebecca then spent several years teaching acting at Graceland University in Iowa and Columbus State University in Columbus, GA.
Upon retiring from teaching, Rebecca has resumed her acting career full time, and has appeared regionally with such companies as Cortland Repertory Theatre (Damn Yankees, All Shook Up, Les Miserablés), Prather Entertainment (The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Drowsy Chaperone), Blue Gate Musicals (Half-Stitched), and The Springer Opera House, State Theatre of Georgia (The Full Monty, Dinner with Friends, Enchanted April).In her spare time she enjoys camping and hiking across America. A veteran of many tours, Rebecca is very excited about this current tour portraying Ann Landers, The Lady with all the Answers. She hopes you enjoy the show!