Hayes Performing Arts Center Presents: ‘Lady Bird, Pat & Betty: Tea for Three’

The Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock is a local gem that provides enriching, educational and fun activities for children and adults. My first foray into the beautiful building that houses the Blowing Rock Stage Company was the performance of A High Country Christmas Carol, which I thoroughly enjoyed!

This Sunday, they will offer a presentation that would be perfect for a Mother-Daughter date. I know my daughters love tea parties!  The suggested age for this show is 12 and up, and it would be a very educational experience in exploring the character of three US First-Ladies.

Written by Eric H. Weinberger and Elaine Bromka, and starring the Emmy teaforthreev2Award-winning Ms. Bromka, the play Lady Bird, Pat & Betty: Tea for Three is a witty and intimate re-imagining of three women who suddenly found themselves celebrities. This behind-the-scenes look at three First Ladies reveals the personal cost of what Mrs. Nixon called the “hardest unpaid job in the world.” The acclaimed Ms. Bromka comes to the Hayes Performing Arts Center to perform this theatrical look at the theatrical lives of three remarkable women for one matinee performance on March 15 at 3pm.

This one-woman play paints a witty, intimate portrait of the theatrical lives of three consecutive first ladies: Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. This funny trip down memory lane reminds us of the political past and provides a fresh, feminine angle from which to examine the inner workings of the White House and three extraordinary women.

“These were women of intelligence and grit who suddenly found themselves in a fishbowl,” Bromka observed. “I realized I wanted to tell the story from their point of view…. And I wanted to explode myths. Pat was called ‘Plastic Pat’ in the press, for example, because she was always smiling. Look more closely at her eyes, though. There’s nothing plastic about her. You see the eyes of a private, watchful survivor.”

More information about Elaine Bromka and Lady Bird, Pat & Betty: Tea for Three can be found on her official website www.teaforthree.com or www.HayesCenter.org.

Sunday Arts Brunch packages are available with Lady Bird, Pat & Betty: Tea for Three that include two (2) tickets plus brunch for two at Bistro Roca for $65, Glidewell’s for $65 and Crippen’s for $80. Alcohol is not included.

Individual tickets for Lady Bird, Pat & Betty: Tea for Three are $20 for adults, $14 for students and are available now by calling the Box Office at 828-295-9627. You may pay by credit card or by cash (in person). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.HayesCenter.org by credit card. Special group rates are also available. Season and Flex Passes can be purchased and used throughout the entire ’08 season.



  1. awww… we missed this. I wish that I would have taken my daughter to this event. She would have loved it.