Lincoln play that begins at the end
Lincoln Presidential Library presents ‘The
Last Full Measure,’ a new play that begins at the moment Abraham
Lincoln is shot
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[November 12, 2014]
– A new, one-act play that takes the audience into the mind of
Abraham Lincoln after he has been shot by John Wilkes Booth will
premiere Nov. 13 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
“The Last Full Measure” by Illinois author Ken
Bradbury will be performed four times, Thursday, Nov. 13, through
Sunday, Nov. 16. Special musical performances will begin each show:
The Four Sopranos on Thursday and Saturday, singer/composer Ben
Bedford on Friday, and the 1st Illinois Regimental Cavalry Band on
The nation’s leading Lincoln interpreter, actor Richard “Fritz”
Klein, will portray the dying president. He has starred in many
productions at the presidential library, including “The Heavens Are
Hung in Black” in 2012.
The play begins just after Booth’s bullet has hit President Lincoln
and takes place over those next few hours, as Lincoln begins to
understand what has happened and takes stock of his life.
“We are interested in seeing Lincoln onstage in different ways,”
said director Phil Funkenbusch. “Ken Bradbury has written a
fascinating and moving piece of theater that takes us on a journey
with Lincoln, in an almost dreamlike performance piece. We plan to
continue offering occasional performances of the play as we do with
our popular ‘One Destiny’.”
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Performances in the presidential museum’s Union Theater begin
at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission will be charged and tickets may be purchased online at
bit.ly/ALPLMCalendar or by calling (217) 558-8934.
Scenic and technical design is by Sam Cooper; lighting design by
Jeff Nevins; and music and sound design by Mark Caspary.
[Chris Wills, Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library & Museum]