If A Door Opens: A Journey With Frances Perkins is a theatrical tribute to an extraordinary woman. Frances Perkins is one of the most important women of the 20th Century, but sadly not many people know who she is. Her name should be a household name, but it is not. She worked tirelessly to improve working conditions in America during the early part of the 20th Century and eventually became the first woman Cabinet member under Franklin Roosevelt. As Roosevelt’s Secretary of Labor, she was an architect of New Deal legislation and was responsible for the passage of the Social Security Act. At the time of her death in 1965, Secretary of Labor William Wirtz said, “Every man and woman who works for a living wage, under safe conditions, for reasonable hours, or is protected by unemployment compensation of Social Security is her debtor.”
The play is a history lesson, but according to Willliam Kerns, Arts and Entertainment editor for the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, “I did not expect this particular history lesson to have been injected with so much life and passion.
Indeed, by the time Keefe recreates memories of conflicts and conversations, stipulations and accusations, patrons know much more about Perkins’ accomplishments as the power standing behind the figurative throne of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. “If a Door Opens” is an often fascinating, and always wonderfully acted, theatrical tribute. Those attending will leave having been both educated and entertained.” To read the entire review go to http://lubbockonline.com/entertainment/2013-01-26/keefe-delivers-wonderful-performance-enlightening-tribute