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Abe Lincoln in Illinois at Unicorn Theatre

Dates: (6/13/2024 - 7/14/2024 )


Unicorn Theatre

Berkshire Theatre Group

6 East Street
Stockbridge,MA 01262

Phone: 413-997-4444

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Step into the life and evolution of one of America’s most iconic figures in Robert E. Sherwood’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Abe Lincoln in Illinois. Charting Lincoln’s extraordinary journey from humble beginnings in New Salem, Illinois, to his historic inauguration as President of the United States, this play presents an intimate and stirring narrative of the man behind the legend.

This compelling three-act play offers an intimate portrayal of Lincoln’s evolution, capturing Lincoln’s complex character and presenting a multifaceted figure, a humble man grappling with self-doubt and haunted by premonitions of the Civil War and his own tragic fate. The play delves into Lincoln’s relationships, from the selfless yet elusive Ann Rutledge to his wife, Mary, portrayed with an edge that forewarns her descent into madness. Lincoln’s romances, debates with Stephen A. Douglas, and his journey to the presidency are vividly brought to life, showcasing the complexities of his character and relationships.

Abe Lincoln in Illinois weaves together fictional dialogue and Lincoln’s own words to create a poignant portrayal of a man driven by ideas, haunted by premonitions, and destined for greatness. As the play unfolds, audiences witness the pivotal moments that shaped Lincoln’s early manhood, providing a compelling glimpse into the life of a man who would go on to become an American legend.

This production is particularly special for BTG, as Robert Sherwood’s sister Rosamond “Ros” Sherwood, who served as a member of the BTF Board of Directors for 36 years, played a pivotal role in shaping BTG’s legacy and commitment to the arts.

Recommended for all ages.


written by Robert E. Sherwood

directed by David Auburn
movement by Isadora Wolfe

scenic design by Bill Clarke
costume design by Amanda Roberge
sound design and music supervision by Scott Killian
lighting design by Seth Reiser

dialect coach Jennifer Scapetis Tycer
stage manager Pam Edington
assistant stage manager Morgen Doyle
casting by Kelly Gillespie and Caparelliotis Casting
assistant to the director Haas Regen

Previews: Thursday, June 13 at 7pm and Friday, June 14 at 7pm
Opening & Press Night: Saturday, June 15 at 7pm
Closing: Sunday, July 14 at 2pm

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Unicorn Theatre enhances the Kansas City community by developing and producing high-quality, thought-provoking plays that have never been seen in the region. We illuminate social issues by shining a light on diversity and inclusive stories which include race, religion and gender identity. Unicorn creates opportunities for the advancement of emerging and established actors, directors, playwrights, designers, technicians and administrative staff.


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