In 1848, celebrated actress Charlotte Cushman left her wife behind and went on (another) farewell tour of the U.S. with her personal assistant Sallie, a free black woman, and an ever-expanding entourage of adoring younger women. The Lady Was a Gentleman imagines this lost piece of queer theatrical history as a screwball comedy of seduction, mistaken identity, and all the fun you can get away with when you’re famous.

Broads’ Word Ensemble presents The Lady Was a Gentleman

Tickets via Brown Paper Tickets
  • Saturday, April 8th 8:00pm – Opening Night & Party
  • Friday, April 14th 8:00pm
  • Saturday, April 15th 8:00pm
  • Monday, April 17th 8:00pm
  • Friday, April 21st 8:00pm
  • Saturday, April 22nd 8:00pm
  • Sunday, April 23rd 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 27th 8:00pm
  • Friday, April 28th 8:00pm
  • Saturday, April 29th 8:00pm

Venue: The Dorie Theater at The Complex


Sonja Inge (Sallie Mercer)
Dawn Alden (Charlotte Cushman)
Chantal Thuy (Marie Louise Yvette L’Amour)
Maikiko James (Emma Crow)
Lacy Altwine (Jane Partridge)
Tara Donovan (Deirdre Ryan)
Kate Motzenbacker, Director


“This confection with a kick is served with panache…Broad’s Word gives Kahn’s timely tale a sure-handed, playful West Coast premiere.” read more… – Theatre Ghost’s Review

“the writing is witty, the cast very good indeed, the directing (by Kate Motzenbacker) smooth and ‘on point,’…we all could use something to make us smile and laugh and even shake our heads at the juicy silliness while reclaiming some lost history.” read more… – Night-Tinted Glasses Review

Poster design by Kneil Aparte

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