"Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of a sense of truthfulness, the stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist,the great artist,knows how difficult it is."      Willa Cather

"Looking Over the President's Shoulder is a one-person show. Why? It was my intstinct from the beginning to write this play for one actor. There is something intimate and exhilarating about watching one character tell his or her story. As an audience, we feel close to that character, we feel as though we've been cast as his partner, we feel essential to the experience. And on a technical level, there is something dangerous and thrilling about watching one actor bravely inhabit the stage for two hours. But secretly, there was more to it than that" (James Still).

Interspersed throughout the play are reminiscences of Field's life, his family history, and his own personal dream and philosophies. Playwright James Still culled material from Field's private papers, diaries and interviews; and with the overlay of music and historical sound bites, has created a humorous and poignant tour de force. Entertaining and educational, Looking Over the President's Shoulder will appeal to audience members of all ages.

​​Looking Over the President's Shoulder is a one-man play based on the real-life experiences of Alonzo Fields, Chief Butler in the White House for 21 years. From his unique insider's perspective, Fields recalls his service to four American Presidents and their families: Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Looking Over the President's Shoulder

"One Man Powerhouse"