What drove him? What inspired him? What fed and supported his remarkable journey?
Keeping Mr. Lincoln Script
In this ensemble tour de force commissioned by Lexington Children's Theatre, four actorseregardless of their own age, gender or ethnicityetake turns playing Abraham Lincoln and important people in his Kentucky childhood, Indiana youth, and Illinois and D.C. adulthood. The play celebrates Lincoln's life through his own words and those of people who knew him. Three thematic strands run throughout selected material: First is the difficulty of fully knowing, or keeping, the man himself. Wise, friendly, kind and funny, a practical joker and a masterful storyteller, Lincoln was also ambitious and given to melancholia. He kept much of his life, particularly his youth, deeply private. Even those who knew him well differed in their interpretations of what they heard and saw. Second is the importance of keeping this great man's unique character and the ideals he embodied. In his words, work and life, Abraham Lincoln stood for democracyethe right of a people to govern themselves. He remains a shining symbol of our unique American experiment. He prods and inspires us to embrace our unlimited potential, face up to our challenges, and shoulder our responsibilities. Finally, there is the fascinating story of the son of poor, uneducated parents who transformed himself into an eloquent orator, a skillful leader, and, ultimately, president of the United States of America. What drove him What inspired him What fed and supported his remarkable journey Though we can never fully know the answers to those questions, we keep Mr. Lincoln by continuing to explore them. This play is dedicated to doing just that. Approximate running time: 1 hour. Area staging.