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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.
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