Acting Presidents: 100 Years of Plays about the Presidency by B. Altschuler

By B. Altschuler

 Although motion pictures in regards to the presidency were a well-liked topic for research, there isn't any similar literature approximately performs that painting leader executives. This ebook fills that hole by way of interpreting intimately approximately 50 performs depicting ancient, fictional or even musical presidents. It explains how, because the public's belief in executive has declined, the heroic presidents of the 1st half the 20th century were changed on level by means of such antiheroes as Nixon and Harding.

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Seven three-hour debates had to be condensed into a theatrically manageable amount of time. Rather than the statements and rebuttals of a minute or two of modern political debates, the 1858 events began with an hour’s opening statement, followed by a 90-minute rebuttal and a half-hour reply by the first speaker. Despite the ability of each to ask questions of the other, the debates more resembled 21 speeches than the give-andtake expected today or even in the 1950s. Corwin found the questions asked so lengthy and undramatic that he omitted them entirely.

A newly renovated Ford’s Theatre reopened with a world premiere of The Heavens Are Hung in Black, a play by David Selby focusing on the five months between the death of Lincoln’s son Willie and the Emancipation Proclamation. ”119 After premiering in San Francisco in 2008, Abe Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, a satire depicting a fictional trial of a teacher charged with discussing in class the possibility that Lincoln was gay, ran in the New York International Fringe Festival during the summer of 2009.

The president pardons some young soldiers. Although the play does discuss Lincoln’s occasional depression and his conflicts with Union generals, overall the Lincoln depicted is still the heroic president—the Man of the People, the Great Emancipator, and the Savior of the Union we have become accustomed to, with no mention of more serious flaws. Despite the limits of the genre, critics found quite a bit to like in the play. ”116 Plays about Abraham Lincoln 33 A Lincoln’s Birthday performance at Ford’s Theatre was taped for airing on public television, thus preserving British actor Roy Dotrice’s performance.

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