Winner: Best Biographical Show - United Solo Festival, 2016 in NYC
More Than A President’s Mother – The Lillian Carter Story is a wonderful reminder to anyone, especially those over 40 years of age, of older social and human conditions that have been amended to more humane attitudes today. It also resonates to younger audiences who may take these advancements for granted. Lillian Carter was much more than President Jimmy Carter’s mother – she was a social activist, great humanitarian, nurse, Peace Corps volunteer, peanut farmer, and fisherman. The play introduces us to this woman who was undaunted by Southern social mores or peer pressure, who nurtured the best human qualities in all with whom she interacted.
More Than A President’s Mother – The Lillian Carter Story both entertains and educates. Filled with engaging stories and amusing anecdotes, the play takes the audience through the journey of Miss Lillian’s life, and beyond. All of the events presented in this play are real: no names have been changed to protect the innocent as there are no “innocents.” Playwright and actress CAROL SWARBRICK stars in this 75 minute play and hosts a talk-back session with audiences immediately following the performance.
“This is a play that EVERYONE must see! I had no idea what to expect but let me tell you,
I was touched by your portrayal of this wonderful woman.
I hope you will let us know if and when you will be returning to Kansas City.”
–Linda Collins Dimon, Independence (MO) Pioneers DAR
“Swarbrick becomes Lillian and crisscrosses the spectrum of emotion.
Recalling the day she watched Jackie Robinson’s first Major League Baseball game, she beams.
Speaking of her husband’s death, her face crumples.”
-Diane Urbani, Peninsula Daily News Arts