"Taking Leave" will dramatize what Mary Lincoln was doing on the day
she moved from the White House without her husband by her side. The
program is based on memories that Mary Lincoln will share of the man
whom she called "Mr. Lincoln." Mary will be portrayed by Pam Brown
of Springfield. The program will begin immediately following a 2
p.m. musical performance by the Lincoln Troubadours, a group of
traveling performers presented by the Lincoln Home National Historic
Site as part of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebration.
Bradbury, author of the productions "Abraham" and "Distant Thunder,"
has been named the most-produced author of high school and college
theater material in the United States every year since 1998. He
recently received the Downstate Outstanding Playwright award from
the University of Illinois.
Pam Brown began her journey with Mary Lincoln in 2007 when she
played the title role in "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln." Since then she
has presented this monologue at Theatre in the Park at Lincoln's New
Salem and has performed at that venue in the production of
"Heritage," also playing Mary Lincoln. Last September, Brown filmed
a documentary with Vidicom Media Productions of Germany, "Lincoln's
Last Night," which aired on National Geographic Television during
the bicentennial week under the title, "The Real Abraham Lincoln."
State Capitol State Historic Site, administered by the
Preservation Agency, is open daily for free public tours.
Preservation Agency file received from
Illinois Office of
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