Leo has more on his plate than he can handle. He is a speechwriter for an endangered mediocre Congressman, in the final month before a do-or-die mid-term election. His new boss Carla is a dominating message maven who has been brought in from the corporate world to try and save the campaign. And his brother Francis is a psychiatric outpatient recently released from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, despite having a powerful delusion that he is Abraham Lincoln. Desperate for inspiration, Leo turns to Francis for help writing “lincolnesque” speeches, hoping that Lincoln’s transformative oratory will revive his boss’s career.
An audience favorite when Keegan first produced it in 2009, LINCOLNESQUE by John Strand, the DC playwright behind THE ORIGINALIST and more, is at turns hilarious and heartwarming, an insightful, whip-smart exploration of where we find our hope, and the power of language to both divide and unite.
“A mischievous play … [that] easily entertains a plugged-in Beltway crowd, something that theater in the nation’s capital still doesn’t do nearly often enough.” – The Washington Post
“Fiendishly clever and soberingly serious, LINCOLNESQUE is the most entertaining civics lesson you are likely to encounter.” – The Palm Beach Post
Thu-Sat at 8:00 pm
Sun at 3:00 pm
Tues, Sep 25 at 8:00 pm
Post-Show Discussion with playwright John Strand
Sun, Sep 30 immediately following the matinee
Mon, Oct 1 at 8:00 pm
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Runtime: 2 hours 20 minutes including one intermission
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Sponsored artists indicated with
Francis Brandon McCoy *
Leo Michael Innocenti
Carla Susan Marie Rhea
Secretary of War / Harold Daly Stan Shulman
Carla understudy Katie McManus
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.
Director Colin Smith
Stage Manager Allison Poms
Assistant Stage Manager Carolina Chaimovich
Assistant Stage Manager Magenta Howard
Set Designer Matthew J. Keenan
Sound / Projection Designer Veronica J. Lancaster
Assistant Sound / Projection Designer Rich Ching
Lighting Designer Megan Thrift
Costume Designer Kiana Vincenty
Properties / Set Dressing Designer Cindy Landrum Jacobs
Hair / Makeup Designer Craig Miller
Allan Jaworski & Deborah Winn
Roberta & Gregory Milman sponsoring Colin Smith
John & Margery Bernbaum sponsoring Susan Marie Rhea
Todd K. Jones sponsoring Stan Shulman
Kiki Powers sponsoring Brandon McCoy
Tricia Ferrone sponsoring Michael Innocenti
Gail & Peter Hansen sponsoring Allison Poms