THE KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Hosts as Part of the 2018 Page-to-Stage Festival
A SEVENTH STREET PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTION
THE SPRINGFIELD BOYS
ANTHONY E. GALLO
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018, 1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM
THE CHINESE LOUNGE
This two-act dramedy traces the historically significant relationship among Abraham Lincoln, his very closest friend Joshua Fry Speed, and his law partner William H.(Billy) Herndon, from 1837 to 1891 (26 years after the Lincoln assassination). Both Speed and Herndon played important roles in the legacy of the 16th president. Oh yes, the Springfield Girls also have their say. And the boys even help one another on their roads to marriage. How did the pro-slavery Speed, who shared a bed with Lincoln for four years, help preserve the Union? How did he deal with Mr. Lincoln’s “black periods”? Why did Mr. Lincoln choose this man as his only complete friend ever? Where is the Bible Mr. Speed’s mother gave young Mr. Lincoln (during one of his blue periods) located today? No one showed greater political allegiance to Lincoln than Billy, who wrote one of only two eyewitness biographies of the tragic president. Lincoln assistants John Hay and John Nicolay’s 10-volume biography is frequently dismissed as too hagiographic.
CAST AND CREW: SAM SIMON, GEORGE SPENCER, STEVE ROSENTHAL, JULIAN BALL, KACIE GREENWOOD, BEATRIX WHITEHALL, GRANT BAGLEY, MARGARET BAGLEY.
Questions: Anthony E. Gallo (202) 544-6973 email@example.com No Charge Free Shuttle From GW Metro Stop Or park at The Kennedy Center ($23)
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