An American Daughter

An American Daughter $13

Wendy Wasserstein

Published by Dramatists Play Service

8 Male 6 Female

Set in Washington, D.C.,An American Daughter focuses on Dr Lyssa Dent Hughes, a health care expert and forty-something daughter of a long-time Senator

When the President nominates Lyssa to a Cabinet post, an indiscretion from her past is discovered. The media turns it into a scandal which imperils her confirmation and divides her family and friends

Lyssa is forced to make a decision; continue to pursue the post and face an ugly Senate hearing; or decline the nomination, becoming a sacrificial lamb for the President

Partisan politics in our nation's capital, however, are nothing compared to the personal politics in Lyssa's living room, where complicated relationships unravel with her father along with her husband and her best girlfriend - not to mention the awkward encounters she has with an exuberant neo-feminist author and a relentless TV journalist

"..[wasserstein] .. has not merely returned to the broader political concerns of her cherished 1988 Pulitzer Prize - winning The Heidi Chronicles, she has returned with a vengeance, and with her craft honed tough for the task we must not forget to remind you that the play is also enormously moving, with richly written characters " ~ NY Newsday

" .. In An American Daughter [Wasserstein] is making a distinct and often amusing attempt to expose that soft underbelly of American political life, its media awareness and its consequent confusion of public opinion polls with democracy" ~ NY Post

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