Fall will be a busy season for us. First, we are thrilled to bring our One-Act version of Mary G. Kron’s “My Dearest Friend” to the Morton Township Library in Mecosta, Michigan at 7pm on September 18. Then, on October 15, we celebrate the 250th Wedding Anniversary of John and Abigail Adams with a performance of the Two-Act version of “My Dearest Friend” at the Loutit District Library in Grand Haven, Michigan at 7pm. (The actual anniversary is October 25 – to get your history jones satisfied, click the “read more” link below). Both performances are FREE!
All that changed, of course, over the next five years. As John continued to visit the Smith home, ruled over by the “crafty, designing” Reverend Smith, Abigail’s father, Abigail began to open up and her talk was to John’s liking. Unlike many other ladies of the time, Abigail had been educated at home and was well-read. Their courtship letters abound with references to Shakespeare and Molière – as well as references to hours spent kissing, embracing, and caressing. Indeed, one of John’s most delightful letters of the period laments about his bruised lips! As Joseph J. Ellis writes:
“She was marrying a man who loved the fact that she was, as he put it, ‘saucy,’ and he was marrying a woman who was simultaneously capable of unconditional love and personal independence. They recognized from the beginning that they were a rare match. There were so many topics they could talk about easily and just as many things they did not have to talk about at all.
-- J. Ellis, First Family, p. 7.
On October 25, 1764, budding attorney John Adams married Abigail Smith in the same parlor in her father’s house where she had met him more than five years before. A few days before the wedding, Abigail had sent a cart with her meagre assortment of household furniture to the small house in Braintree, Mass. that John had inherited from his father three years earlier. In a letter, Abigail asked John to take all those belongings. “And then Sir, if you please,” she had written, “you may take me.”
He did please, and on that day began a most extraordinary partnership, which lasted, with love perpetually growing, for another 54 years.
All of this, and more, is contained in Mary G. Kron’s wonderful play, “My Dearest Friend”, coming to the Morton Township Library on September 18, and the Loutit District Library on October 15. OR, we can come to your venue! Check out the “Book Us” tab to learn more! Come watch us play!