Lincoln and Shakespeare
Nov 2 and 3 at 7 p.m.
Illinois Old State Capitol, Representative Hall
Written and directed by Kevin Purcell
Starring Fritz Klein
Featuring Linda Schneider
Abraham Lincoln loved Shakespeare. He carried a copy of the plays wherever he went.
In her book Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin remarked: "The political genius of Abraham Lincoln' rarely spoke of his inner feelings and often expressed emotions through the poetry he admired."
Kevin Purcell has crafted a one-man show featuring Fritz Klein, professional actor. The play is a compilation of Lincoln's speeches, letters and historical research about him synthesized with elements of the Shakespeare plays he loved.
Produced by the Hoogland Center for the Arts, Lincoln and Shakespeare will be presented at the Old State Capitol, Representative Hall Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets available at hcfta.org or by calling 523-2787.
Gallery seating: $25
Behind Railing or Balcony seating (partial obstructed view): $20
For more information contact: Kevin Purcell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes from Kevin Purcell about the play:
Lincoln and Shakespeare is a compilation of writings and speeches from Lincoln plus research done about him. It also includes plays and sonnets of Shakespeare, as well as original writing by myself. Nearly all of the Shakespeare has been selected because we know Lincoln LOVED these specific selections. Much of this play is based on actual historical events in Lincolns' life. The focus of the play is this question: Did Lincolns' love of Shakespeare influence his writing and actions?