The Cover of Life is a humorous yet poignant play set in 1943, telling the story of three women living under one roof, waiting for their husbands, the Clifford brothers – who are fighting in WWII – to return home to their small Louisiana town. On the surface, it has all the bells and whistles that proclaim the nuances of the time period, from the set design to the voluminous hairstyles to the drawling southern accents. More central to the heart of the play is the looming question of what it means to be a woman and how she lacks a voice on every level of society. Whether it is through the traditionalist ideals of Weetsie, the wide-eyed perceptions of Tood, the career-minded New Yorker Kate or the progressive and forward-thinking Sybil; there is a woman everyone could relate to.
Many of the female characters clash and collide with one another over their narrative of what exerting their womanhood looks like. As they experience conflict with one another, they come to terms with just how different they truly are. Whether intentional or not, there is a lack of a dominant male character to exert an influence over them, making it a female-friendly place of exploration and discovery. The play invites you to consider not only the place where these women live but to also examine the distance in their worth that several decades has created. With stories of sexual misconduct popping up in the news daily, The Cover of Life’s feminist themes make this a play that will resonate with contemporary audiences.