'One Destiny' returns to Lincoln museum
graduate Jeremy Goeckner to play Harry Ford
play back for six performances as presidential museum marks
anniversary of Lincoln's assassination
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[April 05, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — One of the most
popular theater offerings at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum, the play "One Destiny," returns for six
performances in April to mark the anniversary of Lincoln's
The one-act play will be performed Wednesday, April 9; Monday, April
14; Tuesday, April 15; Thursday, April 17; Friday, April 18; and
Saturday, April 19. All performances begin at 1:30 p.m.
are free with museum admission and are distributed to visitors
starting at 11:30 a.m.
Richard Hellesen's play takes place in the days after the
assassination of President Lincoln in April 1865. Harry Hawk, the
actor who was on stage when the president was shot, revisits the
night of April 14 with Harry Ford, the theater manager. Actors
Jeremy Goeckner and Nathan Peak portray several characters during
the course of the 35-minute performance.
"This is a fast-paced play geared for all ages," says Phil
Funkenbusch, director of the presidential library's shows division.
"It's been a favorite with our audiences, and we're glad to have the
opportunity to stage the show for the coming season."
There will be a Q&A session after each performance.
Peak, who portrays Harry Hawk, studied vocal performance with the
Westminster College choir in Princeton, N.J., and has performed
locally in productions of "Spamalot," "Crazy for You" and "Avenue
Q." He has been a member of the presidential library's acting team
since the fall of 2013.
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Goeckner, who portrays Harry Ford, graduated from Lincoln
Christian University in 2010 after studying vocal performance
and music composition. He has performed locally in "Rent,"
"Sunset Boulevard" and "Into the Woods." He joined the
presidential library's acting team in autumn 2012.
The production is directed by Ed MacMurdo.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has presented
the play 143 times to nearly 32,000 people. "One Destiny" premiered
at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., and continues to be performed
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
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