The historic drama will be part of the Intiman Theatre's second annual American Cycle of works, under the direction of Intiman associate director Sheila Daniels. Abe Lincoln in Illinois will run Oct. 2-Nov. 15, with an official opening set for Oct. 9.
Press notes for Sherwood's play read: "In the 1830s, a quietly charismatic young man, acclaimed by those who knew him for his powerful combination of pragmatism and vision, entered politics and changed the course of the nation. Spanning 20 years, the period of Lincoln's maturation before he became president, Abe Lincoln in Illinois is a big, epic play about the making of a great man — and the shaping of our history."
Casting and creative duties will be announced at a later date.
In addition to covering the personal life of the late U.S. President, Abe Lincoln in Illinois includes the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates (the inspiration for the play The Rivalry) and Lincoln's own words. Sherwood's play was adapted into a 1940 film, spawning several television adaptations, and earned a 1994 Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play.
The Intiman season also includes Crime and Punishment (March 29-May 3), A Thousand Clowns (May 15-June 17), Othello (July 2-Aug. 2) and The Year of Magical Thinking (Oct. 2-Nov. 15). Single tickets for the 2009 season begin sale Feb. 21. For subscriptions phone (206) 269-1900.
The Intiman Theatre is located a 201 Mercer Street at Seattle Center. For more information visit Intiman.org.