Thursday, February 5, 2009

EVENT: Thurs. Feb 12---A Play About the Lincoln Debates of 1858 at the State House

A play about the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, by Norman Corwin

*Directed by Vincent Dowling

*Endorsed by the Massachusetts Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

Historians will lead post-performance "talk back" conversations with audience members.

Free and open to the public. Students and school groups are welcome. An open dress rehearsal will be held February 11th at 10:00 am.

Slavery was the main topic of the remarkable debates between Abraham Lincoln (Republican) and Stephen Douglas (Democrat), as they ran for an Illinois seat in the U.S. Senate. After losing the election, Lincoln had the debate texts published in a book. The wide-spread coverage of the debates and the subsequent popularity of the book bolstered Lincoln's nomination for President by the 1860 Republican National Convention in Chicago.

Chester resident Vincent Dowling's new theater company is the latest project in a multifaceted career that has spanned the globe and more than three decades. In his 27 years at The National Theatre of Ireland, he held many titles as a leading company actor and director. He has directed at many of America's finest regional theatres, and performed three times at The White House. Visit The Rivalry Web page:

Called "America's poet laureate of radio," Norman Corwin writes and directs factual film, stage, and television programs about the people and politics of America throughout the twentieth century. Among many other honors of his career, Corwin was commissioned on the 100th Anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas debates to write The Rivalry.

Northampton-based Mass Humanities is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Mass Humanities conducts and supports projects that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to strengthen and enhance civic life across the Commonwealth. For more information visit:

(Thursday, February 12th, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
The State House, Gardner Auditorium, Boston)

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