News About James Still’s New Play, “The Heavens Are Hung in Black”

Photo of the Lincoln Memorial by chadh

My first “Conversation with…” on this blog was with James Still back in May.  He is the playwright-in-residence for the Indiana Repertory Theatre.  In the months since our original conversation, we have kept in touch.  He continually inspires me, and I treasure the encouragement he has given me for my “Of the People: Stories and Images of Abraham Lincoln” storytelling piece.  It will debut at the Indiana History Center at 4:00 on Sunday, January 18, 2009 as part of the “Sharing Hoosier History Through Stories” collaboration between the IHC and Storytelling Arts of Indiana.

James has been working on a Lincoln project of his own.  His new play, “The Heavens Are Hung in Black,” will debut on February 8, 2009 at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC.  Earlier this week, he shared with me (and gave me permission to share with you) the exciting news that the Washington production has been cast.  David Selby will play Lincoln!

I wish I could be in Washington for the opening night of “The Heavens Are Hung in Black.”  I loved seeing James’ “Iron Kisses” and “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder” at the IRT earlier this year.

However, I will look forward to seeing it when it comes to Indianapolis.  In the meantime, I am looking forward to seeing another new play of James’ at the IRT this spring.  It is called “Interpreting William” and is loosely related to our own Conner Prairie.  I have tickets for May 15, 2008.  Maybe I will see you there!

Hope Baugh –

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