A 90-minute, two-actor play. A romp through the life of Jennie Jerome, Winston Churchill’s extraordinary American mother.
In 1875, the American heiress, Jennie Jerome, seemed to have have it all. She had married an English lord, she was young, rich and beautiful, and she had just given birth to Winston Churchill. What could go wrong? Lady Randy takes us on a ride through the treacherous sexual and political landscape of Jennie’s first marriage where she kept everyone watching, kept them guessing, and she never, ever surrendered.
The critics agree on Lady Randy…
“I cannot recommend this play enough…one of those theatrical events that demands attention.” - J. Peter Bergman, Berkshire Edge
“History comes alive in vibrantly theatrical and intellectual ways in Anne Undeland’s Lady Randy.” - Jeffrey Borak, Berkshire Eagle
“A perfect example of how a biographical play…becomes an extraordinary theatrical event” - Barbara Waldinger, Berkshire on Stage
“Engrossing…lively…delves into the core of this woman's zest and ambition” -Fred Sokol, Talkin’ Broadway
“An outstanding theatrical experience…keeps the audience enthralled” - Bob & Sally Sugarman, More Theatre Talk
SYNOPSIS OF THE PLAY: Dying of a massive hemorrhage, the American heiress, libertine, and master tactician, Jennie Jerome, has only a few moments to come to a reckoning with her son, Winston Churchill. Told as a fever dream of sexy, witty and poignant flashbacks, Lady Randy gives us Jennie’s first marriage to Lord Randolph Churchill, from her origins in New York to her engineering of his meteoric rise to her bravery in the face of his tragic end by syphilis.
PLAYWRIGHT’S STATEMENT: “Brilliant, maddening, impossibly seductive and vaultingly ambitious, I fell headlong in love with this woman who was at once ahead of her time and yet very much a product of her era. The first in a long line of dollar princesses, Jennie Jerome married into Britain’s social and political stratosphere and then, completely undaunted, she wrote her own rules in the dangerous game of sex and power. Her audacity stunned me.” —Playwright Anne Undeland
Lady Randy received its world premiere at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox MA, in 2019, where it played to sold-out houses, excellent buzz and critical acclaim.