GEORGE & MARTHA'S WEDDING GIFT, a Play of Enslavement

The President’s House, in the new nation’s temporary capital of Philadelphia, the spring of 1796. President George Washington and his wife Martha’s favorite granddaughter has just married. What shall they give their darling Betsey for a wedding present? Not the silver spoons, not the blue-and white tea set, not the great grandfather clock. No. Betsey wants something extra special—her very own enslaved person. Wouldn’t Nanna Martha’s pretty mulatto seamstress Oney Judge be perfect? Based on true facts…

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Writer Biography

CHARLES LEIPART (Playwright) His latest play, George and Martha’s Wedding Gift, A Play of Enslavement, is currently under consideration by theatres for upcoming seasons. His screenplay, A Kind of Marriage, based on his play of the private life of English novelist E. M. Forster, was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2019 Hollywood Screenplay Competition, Biography/Historical category, and most recently listed as one of the top five screenplays of the London Lift-Off Film Festival. A Kind of Marriage, the play, was awarded a 2015 Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation LGBTQ Playwriting Award and a developmental grant. His urban millennial comedy, A Short History of Western Civilization was award the Silver Prize in the Segora International Playwriting Competition, 2019. Cream Cakes in Munich, was awarded 1st Prize Award 2016 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Charles is a former Fellow of the Edward F. Albee Foundation and member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP. Visit:

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