It is November 22, 1963. JFK has just been shot dead. We are aboard Air Force One, taking off from Love Field in Dallas, Texas: Lyndon Baines Johnson, the newly sworn-in President, Jackie Kennedy, the grieving widow of the recently deceased President, and the casket – the last forming the centrepiece in what is arguably the most emotionally charged airplane journey of all time.

As the hunt for the assassin unfolds off-stage, the Widow and the Usurper are forced to confront the personal consequences of what has just happened. Layer by painful layer is stripped back as we bear witness to the dreams, the fears and the regrets of these two iconic figures, suddenly finding themselves at the very pivoting point of history. Initially at opposite poles of the emotional universe, by journey’s end they have reached an odd kind of understanding – one that has taken root in the shadow of the dead President’s casket.

Taking its inspiration from recorded conversations that took place between Lyndon Baines Johnson and Jackie Kennedy in the wake of the assassination, Love Field explores what it is inside one human being that engenders love in another.

  • drama
  • 100
  • 2 total
  • 1 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 30s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 25

EXTRACT: When he came home at three in the morning, whacked out of his brain from the effort of smiling at his constituency all day, who was the person who had to listen while he let it all hang out? My back! My legs! My fucking back is killing me! Get me something for my back! My fucking back! That's what I got - what was left over from the constituency. I was the one he didn't have to smile at. Didn't have to talk to. Didn't have to screw. I was the one who was supposed to be there. Always.

Adult themes, Adult language


Female | 30s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 55

EXTRACT: I don't know - I think he wants to talk to you about the Attorney Generalship. He says he wants to keep you on. I think he's scared of you.. Nothing - just.. something in his voice. I'm very sensitive that way - I pick up on stuff like that.. Yeah, okay. Call me tonight. I'll be at the White House.. Bye. (calling out) Mr President?

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