Acting Presidents: 100 Years of Plays about the Presidency by B. Altschuler

By B. Altschuler

This publication seeks to fill an immense hole within the literature approximately fictional representations of presidents by means of learning greater than forty performs, written because 1900, that have had sought after productions on or off-Broadway or in one other significant urban.

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Despite apologizing, he sends her home, after which she declares that the day she dreamed about since childhood has now been ruined. As Abe’s victory becomes apparent, the looming threat of Southern secession casts a pall on the celebration. In his essay, Sherwood concedes that there was in fact little suspense about the election’s outcome. The nation’s uncertainty was over the likelihood of civil war. The play comes to a stirring conclusion with Lincoln’s speech to a cheering crowd as he departs from Springfield to assume the presidency amid fears of assassination.

Covering Lincoln’s life from the start of his legal career through his presidency, the play sought to enliven the one-person format with such techniques as screen projections and having Lincoln comment on his Gettysburg Address as the speech played on tape. Critics thought the play covered too much ground with too-brief snippets. ”111 Although its Broadway run was little longer, Herbert Mitgang’s Mister Lincoln has proven more lasting than Levitt’s work. ”113 In the play, he walks around, uses props, and engages in conversation with unseen others.

I now leave, not knowing when or whether ever I may return,” he tells those gathered, but stresses more the gravity of the nation’s plight with the very ideals of the Declaration of Independence being threatened. ”79 22 Acting Presidents Running for 472 performances and winning the Pulitzer Prize, Abe Lincoln in Illiniois was a great success. ” Comparing it to Drinkwater and Conkle’s depictions of Lincoln’s life, Brooks Atkinson believed that “neither has imparted to it the high purpose that Mr.

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