Event

Teaching Abe to Dance: (Re)searching and Dreaming a Character to Life

Teaching Abe to Dance: (Re)searching and Dreaming a Character to Life
JAMES STILL

Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 7:30pm | Choral Rehearsal Room

Award-winning playwright James Still was commissioned to create a new play to reopen the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC, for the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth in February 2009. The Heavens Are Hung in Black depicts the depths of the Civil War as Lincoln wrestled with the decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Haunted and prodded by dreams, the president depicted in Still’s play is complex and deeply human. Actors from the Department of Theatre will present scenes as the playwright discusses the process of characterizing Abraham Lincoln in a vivid and meaningful way for the 21st century and how he crawled into Lincoln’s personality to teach the iconographic image to “dance.”

Co-sponsored by The Office of the Chancellor and the Department of Theatre