"Keeping Mr. Lincoln" performances begin run Friday at The Open Eye

Margaretville — In celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, and his remarkable life, The Open Eye Theater presents Sandra Fenichel Asher’s new play “Keeping Mr. Lincoln,” directed by Amie Brockway. There will be six performances only from Friday, Feb. 27, through Sunday, March 8, at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville.
The story of Abraham Lincoln’s life journey is told by four actors, each playing multiple roles including Lincoln himself. Among the many characters to appear on stage is William Herndon (played by Nat Thomas), who was once Lincoln’s law partner. It was he who determined to gather up all the facts of Lincoln’s life—“truly, honestly, and impartially”—and to give those facts to the world. It seemed to him imperative that we keep all we could of Mr. Lincoln.
Among the numerous other characters in the play are Abe’s father, Tom (played by John Exter), his cousin Dennis Hanks (played by William Tari), and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln (played by Amie Brockway). Adrienne J. Brockway has designed the set and lighting, and Patricia Brannen is stage manager.
Performances are Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m.; Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m.
There is a Meet the Playwright wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, with desserts following the performance. On Fridays Feb. 27 and March 6, and on Saturday, March 7, kids can bring an adult for free: a student or child purchases a ticket for $7, and receives an additional adult or senior ticket at no cost.
To make a reservation, or for further information, phone 586 -1660, e-mail openeye@catskill.net, or visit www.theopeneye.org.