Remembering the past through drama and music
Presidential Museum presents play about the assassination, concert
featuring music of the 1800s
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[April 09, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- April brings two
special entertainment events to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum, one a play about Lincoln's assassination and the
other a concert featuring music from his era.
The one-act play "One Destiny" takes the stage April 13-15, the
anniversary of Lincoln's shooting and death. All three performances
are at 1:30 p.m. Tickets, which are free with paid museum admission,
will be distributed starting at 11:30 a.m.
Richard Hellesen's "One
Destiny" is set in Ford's Theatre as two men come to grips with what
took place there late on April 14, 1865. One character, Harry Hawk
(played by Ed MacMurdo) was the actor on stage when Lincoln was
shot. The other, Harry Ford (played by Patrick Russell), was one of
the theater's managers.
A question-and-answer session with the audience will take place
after each performance.
"This is a fast-paced, 40-minute play that is geared for all
ages," said director Phil Funkenbusch. "It's been a favorite with
our audiences, and we're glad to have the opportunity to bring the
"One Destiny," which premiered at Ford's Theatre and is still
performed there, is sponsored by Chase Bank.
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Later in the month, musician and composer Larry Kirwan will offer
two performances that celebrate the music of Stephen Foster and
transport the audience to New York City's notorious Five Points
neighborhood during the Civil War.
Kirwan, a member of the Celtic rock band Black 47, has written a
musical called "Hard Times," featuring Foster's songs. It played to
sold-out crowds in New York last fall, and the Lincoln Presidential
Museum hopes to stage a production in the near future.
Kirwan's acoustic performances on April 25 and April 26 begin at
7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $10 for students and museum members.
Kirwan's appearances are sponsored by the Bridgewater Foundation
and the Ira and Janina Marks Trust.
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