I mentioned a few days ago that James Still, playwright-in-residence for the Indiana Reportory Theatre, is working on a new play about Abraham Lincoln. It will premiere at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., with David Selby as Lincoln.
There was an article about the debut in today’s New York Times:
Ford’s Theater Returns
By DAVE ITZKOFF
Published: November 23, 2008
Ford’s Theater, the Washington institution that was home to the most notorious production of “Our American Cousin,” will have its grand reopening in February, the theater’s board announced. The events, which include a ceremony on Feb. 11, will coincide with the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, who was shot by John Wilkes Booth at the theater on April 14, 1865. The building, which was also used as an Army medical museum and a government warehouse, was restored in the 1960s and reopened as a theater in 1968. In February an 18-month-long renovation will be completed. Among the events planned for the theater’s reopening are the premiere of “The Heavens Are Hung in Black,” a new play about Lincoln by James Still, and the awarding of the Lincoln Medal, which the board said honors accomplishments that “exemplify the character and lasting legacy” of Lincoln. The recipient will be the “Star Wars” director George Lucas.
I am excited for James all over again. Go James!
But also I am trying to get my mind around the idea of George Lucas exemplifying the character and lasting legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
I think I need to read some more about Lincoln. Or George Lucas.
Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com