Claim that in her attempt to be serious Wasserstein tried to do "Too Much These Ideas Were "much These ideas were critiue of a society that even after first wave feminism were overly critical of women like Lyssa Hughes who were accused of trying to have it all like this was a bad thing As a result the tension builds than a 24 hour news cycle can provide In a critical remark Morrow mentions that Lyssa one time failed to respond to a summons for jury duty Stay at home moms criticize Lyssa for her trying to do it all life whereas clean politicians condemn her for shirking responsibility In her life as a mother hospital director national speaker and volunteer perhaps the summons was overlooked Wasserstein points out that had this been a male nominee the media would have looked the other way No one would have cared about his personal life although in the late 1990s some congressmen did resign after having affairs With the birth of the internet and the information highway anyone could obtain information about anyone else with the click of a mouse The news was not as instant as it is now but the technology was starting to slowly move in that direction The line between public and private lives was beginning to blur and Lyssa Hughes was made out to be an example Both she and Walter in a follow up interview noted that their private life is just that private Sadly the media and the soccer moms of the world thought otherwise to them Lyssa Hughes private life is of their concern as is her one time oversight in neglecting jury duty Perhaps in juggling her responsibilities Lyssa Hughes should not be an example of a 1990s woman who has done and had it all Fast forwarding twenty ears women are choosing to be stay at home moms There are working women in all fields but homemaker moms by choice as well The moniker woman who has it all has receded and feminist does not have the same connotation as it used to A woman is allowed to choose what she
WANTS WHETHER IT IS A WORKING WOMAN WORKING MOTHER whether it is a working woman working mother at home mother etc And in our busy lives if we inadvertently misplace a summons for jury duty we are are forgiven for that as well Lyssa Hughes was scrutinized politically because she was a woman and family life is sadly still part of every female candidate s campaigning even now One day hopefully this will be gender blind but it still is not the same way women still receive less pay for the same work as men Women have shattered the glass ceiling which is a recurring theme in many of Wasserstein s plays and are living with the results of these actions Rather than living the post college intellectual s life in Manhattan Lyssa Hughes is a doctor and political aspirant in Washington DC a step up from Wasserstein s other work A visionary playwright Wasserstein won a Pulitzer and Tony and was a definitive feminist playwright Her attempt at what she called serious drama was above average but criticized by her fans desiring her trademark humor The humor is there just ask Lyssa Hughes her coleslaw preference A descendant of a President and Senator as a 1990s women Lyssa Hughes is closely scrutinized than others desiring the same political position In her uniue take on this still relevant issue Wendy Wasserstein has argued that this should not be the case and et it still is One day hopefully soon women should not have to feel like they have to do it all in order to be deemed like an American success story 4 star. Hughes sits helplessly as the press investigates her family and friends shattering her privacy her career and her world Wendy Wasserstein's trenchant humor and sizzling dialogue combine with biting political commentary to produce a masterful and topical dram.
Summary An American Daughter,
By my favorite authors both new and old My reading thus far has included childhood favorites and the reread of new favorites over the last few ears as well as taking the time for books by my new favorites Even if my reading challenge might include less variety than in recent Amok years reading remains for me the ultimate escape I have avoided reading books focusing on politics and other current events for the most part but then I noticed a Wendy Wasserstein play I had not readet Although it is full of her one of a kind trademark humor An American Daughter is both political and ahead of its time 1998 In this attempt for Wasserstein to be serious she rips pages from the headlines with a female politician protagonist who grapples with the 1990s feminist mantra to be a woman who has it all In today s era of polarized politics I knew that Wasserstein s take on Washington of twenty ears ago would be both a relief and a must read as is everything she wrote Lyssa Dent Hughes is the fifth generation removed from President Ulysses S Grant from whom she got her name She is a PhD medical doctor and the current nominee for US surgeon general and would be the first woman to hold the post She is the pride and joy of her father Indiana Senator Alan Hughes but other than a shared love of public service the only thing the two agree on is their distaste for wet coleslaw Alan Hughes is a six term Republican Senator who had previously been the mayor of Fort Wayne Lyssa grew up among political rallies and campaigns and after attending an eastern boarding school and then an Ivy League University she aspired to one day hold a higher office Although from the heartland Lyssa is not a soccer mom even though she is the proud mother of twin boys being brought up in the then new culture where kids are plugged onto the internet 247 In the late 1990s this was in the "form of chat rooms before the emerging twenty four hour news cycle Lyssa built and ran a hospital "of chat rooms before the emerging twenty four hour news cycle Lyssa built and ran hospital the ground up and is supportive of women s health issues husband Walter Abrahmson is a women s studies professor and she can count the First Lady as a personal friend With her pedigree and connections it appears that Lyssa is a shoe in for the job giving the ounger generation of girls in STEM a new role model At a legendary brunch the day after the nomination Lyssa and Walter s friends and family from across the political spectrum converge at their Georgetown home This includes reporter Timber Tucker who is filming the brunch and the Hughes close friend Morrow a conservative gay pundit Gay rights was not at the forefront of society twenty ears ago as it is now in this Wasserstein was ahead of society s curve To contrast with Morrow we are presented with Lyssa s other best friend Dr Judith Kaufman an African American Jewish doctor She is still single because as a multicultural person she checks off too many boxes and society does not know where to place her She is holding out hope for an African American Jewish doctor to cross her path but the prospects seem few and far between Unlike Lyssa Dr Kaufman has not done it all she longs for a family and this remains a sticking point between the two women Ironically Dr Kaufman hits it off with Morrow who is clearly not interested evoking for me the images of women on television twenty ears ago who complained that the best available men were gay With all of these storylines critics. She failed to respond for jury duty this relatively minor misstep is portrayed as a serious moral lapse A good friend uses the incident to make a point scarcely thinking of the implications and Lyssa must suffer the conseuences From that moment on Lyssa Dent. Had to read this for school It was alright probably rate it 3 stars It s infuriating sadly topical post Hillary s defeat somewhat unevenly characterized a tough uneven but worthwhile sit Interesting premise but as a play the focus seems splintered What is this really aboutTo be honest I m not a HEIDI fan but I loved SISTERS R I thought this would land somewhere in the middle but it doesn t I listened to this via Scribd and hated every second of this I listened to this ONLY for my Mary "McDonnell Collection There Was "collection There was one aspect of this that wasn t annoying from the storyline to the tone of voices from the actors Even MM whom I adore irritated me My feeling was it was intentional but that didn t help me even as I was trying to tell myself throughout An American Daughter can be dropped into this current ear or exactly 2016 The continual scrutiny of a woman campaigning for a high office discussion about her likability or some small infraction
For Which A Malewhich a male wouldn t be uestioned It s aggravating that these issues persist From the play s preface written by Wendy Wasserstein An American Daughter wasn t well received in 1998 when it first played on Broadway Personally I think it s time for a revival Even though this play is set in the 1980s90s it does speak much of today s time Women are seen and expected to absolutely do it all raise a family hold down a job volunteer time etc and to do it all flawlessly Yet when a simple mistake is made by her it brings her whole world down By the media by her professional community by her family Despite Ms Wasserstein s middle class WAC style upbringing she shows how women from various walks of life are expected and are to be perceived I look forward to seeing a revival of this somewhere An almost uaint little political play that involves a famous doctor being proposed by a Republican president in the 1990s to become Surgeon General as a kind of safe choice to split the difference among constituents Her father is a well known Republican Senator and her husband is a famous liberal academic and public intellectual The play centers around a brunch where these three plus a reporter our lead character s close friend a former grad student and new feminist academic star and a gay Republican politico all attend At the brunch a joke is made about the doctor not serving jury duty which spins into scandal where she s asked to account for this oversight and we learn about fairness and double standardsLike I said it s almost uaint and maybe the uaintness keeps it relevant but also I don t think it does Anyway I couldn t help think of how Tom Daschle s nomination for HHS got tanked ten ears later because a weird tax situation and well look at the everything now 25 stars This play is still relevant with the Justine Sacco scandal still being pretty fresh and Ronson s So You ve Been Publicly Shamed which I happened to read this ear There s nothing better than tearing someone down for no other reason than we can Well not me We have reached the three uarter mark of this crazy ear and I have reached the triple digit mark in my reading challenge That is always my personal goal but in this ear like no other the reading was not about how many award winners I could read or how many nonfiction or literary fiction volumes I could immerse myself in As I have navigated 2020 I have found the most pleasure in reading through works. Lyssa Dent Hughes is the privileged well educated daughter of a Republican senator She is the wife of a professor and the owner of a lovely house in Georgetown She is also the president's nominee for Surgeon General When the media discovers that once long ago. ,