This is one of America's most amazing stories. Edwin Booth
was the most famous actor of his day. His brother, John
Wilkes Booth, also an actor, shot President Lincoln. It was an
inside job. Celebrities had access to presidents. (Has anything
changed?) Edwin Booth, with his high ideals, would go on to
establish his own classic theater in New York. It bankrupted
him. This play examines Edwin Booth's life, celebrates his
ideals, and offers a unique look into a part of history that
should be remembered.
From the Author:
The play takes place during a time that is all but forgotten
today. Theater artists had re-connected with Shakespeare.
Schoolteachers took their students to see actors in plays so
that they might learn better diction.
"Edwin Booth is a high drama that speaks to where we have
been as a country and a people. In entertains us, it enlightens
us. It tells us something about ourselves in such a way that we
see ourselves with new eyes." - Don Elwell, Greylight Theatre.
"An extraordinary achievement." - Joseph W. Meeker, author
of The Comedy of Survival.
Lance Tait: American Writer/Director