The season kicks off this fall with Pulitzer Prize nominee James Still’s fevered, emotional epic THE HEAVENS ARE HUNG IN BLACK, a theatrical rendering of Abraham Lincoln’s struggle as a man of conscience to lead a divided country. Directed by SGT Ensemble Member Louis Contey*, the Chicago premiere will feature Lawrence Grimm as Abraham Lincoln and SGT Ensemble Member Linda Reiter* as Mary Todd Lincoln.
Presented for the first time in the “Land of Lincoln,” THE HEAVENS ARE HUNG IN BLACK is James Still’s personal take on the months leading up to Abraham Lincoln’s signing of The Emancipation Proclamation. This theatrical epic explores Lincoln’s humanity, conscience and leadership through the troubled times of 1862 – as dreams of his famous adversaries and unnamed soldiers walk through his waking life. Sprinkled with text from Lincoln’s prolific letters and speeches, this play explores the heart of the man who led America in a war that we’re still fighting today.
Don Bender (William Seward/Jefferson Davis/Edwin Booth/Soldier)
Kate Harris (Mrs. Winston/Westmoreland/Soldier)
Kelsey Colleen Melvin* (Thomas Haley)
Jennifer Cheung (Young Woman/Soldier)
Gus Zaruba (Willie Lincoln/Newsboy)
Louis Contey* (Director)
Angie Miller (Scenic Designer)
Hailey Rakowiecki (Co-Costume Designer)
Madison Briede (Co-Costume Designer)
Michael Stanfill (Lighting and Projections Designer)
Chris Kriz+ (Sound Designer)
Vivian Knouse* (Props Designer)
Judy Anderson* (Executive Production Manager)
Jason Shivers (Stage Manager)
Ayanna Wimberly (Assistant Stage Manager)
◆Member of Actors’ Equity
*Shattered Globe Ensemble Member
+Shattered Globe Artistic Associate
Commissioned and originally produced by Ford’s Theatre, Paul R. Tetreault, Director, with funds provided by BAE Systems, Verizon, BP America, Visa Inc., National Endowment for the Arts and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Commissioned in celebration of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commemoration and the opening of Ford’s Theatre in February 2009.