LINCOLN AND SHAKESPEARE
A two act play by Anthony E. Gallo
ANTHONY E. GALLO 202 544 6973 firstname.lastname@example.org
This two act Surrrealisric drama is all about the relationship between America's greatest President and England's greatest playwright. separated only by three centuries and the Atlantic Ocean.
The play opens at Ford's Theatre on All Souls day 1861, and ends on Easter Sunday 1865.
The world is all a stage said one of the two leading characters. his favorite actor. His family, his rivals, his friends, his favorite actors, his ghosts, and his opponents.
There is also an usher in Ford's Theater named Willie.
And yes Lincoln does debate King John, Richard the Third, Hamlet, Polonius, Claudius, Othello, and few other folks Will Shakespeare was familiar with. And yes we meet all of the Lincoln family, and Lincolns Thespain friends, even John Wilkes brother, the brother of Lincoln's two favorite actors.
And oh yes, the Bard is omnipresent, and actually converses with Lincoln. And of course Shakespearian actors know the Bard's dialogue better than the Bard. But not as well as Lincolm
No American President --or for that matter any President around the world--had a better understanding and appreciation for the works of William Shakespeare than the sixteenth President of the United States.
Shakespeare comes on the stage and reads one of his siloloquies about a man he admires.
Will that mans how up.
Lincoln goes to the theater. Accompanied by Reverend :Phineas Gurley, Mary, Tad, Willie, Hay, Nicolai, Bates, Seward, Chase, and his daughetr to see Lincoln/s favorite Shakespeare play, Macbeth. They are escorted to the both by an usher named Will.
Edwin Booth and Charlotte Goodman perform. Followed by three Booth brothers.
Act 1 Shakespeare and Willie scene
Scene 1 Epograph scene
Scene 2 Richard TheThird