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||Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination:
The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's Theatre
||Thomas A. Bogar
June 12, 2017, at 6:45 p.m
||MCL Cafeteria - Township Line
(2370 West 86th Street)
April 14, 1865. Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C. - 10:14 p.m. John Wilkes Booth pulls a trigger in the presidential balcony,
leaps to the stage and escapes, as Abraham Lincoln lies mortally wounded.
In the panic that follows, forty-six terrified actors,
managers and stage hands scatter in and around the theatre
as soldiers take up stations by the doors and the audience surges into the street chanting, "Burn the place down!"
This is the exquisitely detailed, untold story of Lincoln's assassination: of these forty-six theatre employees that night,
and what each of them witnessed in the chaos-streaked hours before John Wilkes Booth was discovered to be the culprit.
The stories of what happened to each of these witnesses after the investigation ends, is also told.
Thomas A. Bogar has taught theatre history, dramatic literature, and theatrical production for forty years,
most recently at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and directed over seventy theatrical productions.
He holds a Ph.D. in theatre history/literature/criticism from Louisiana State University.
He will have books for sale: $20 for hardbacks, and $15 for paperbacks.
2016-2017 Program Schedule
|Sept 12, 2016
||Fire in the Water
||James Alexander Thom
|Oct. 10, 2016
||Who Was Private John Rooks? : Counties Named for Civil War Combat Deaths
|Nov. 14, 2016
||The War Not Forgotten - Civil War Soldiers, Central State Hospital and PTSD
|Dec. 12, 2016
||Maps, Mapping & Mapmakers of the Civil War: A Novice Explorer's Perspective
|Jan. 9, 2017
||Lew Wallace's Civil War Career
|Feb. 13, 2017
||Paying for the Civil War: Taxes, Internal Revenue and Enrolled Agents
|Mar. 13, 2017
||Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy
|Apr. 10, 2017
||A Visit with Jennie Wade's Mother
|May 8, 2017
||The Murder of Major General William "Bull" Nelson
||Robert I. Girardi
|June 12, 2017
||Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's Theatre
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