Lincoln and Douglas Will Debate More Than Expected; NYC Rivalry Extends

News   Lincoln and Douglas Will Debate More Than Expected; NYC Rivalry Extends
The Irish Repertory Theatre is extending its Off-Broadway run of Norman Corwin's The Rivalry, about the Lincoln/Douglas debates of 1858, to July 19.

Vincent Dowling, former artistic director of The Abbey Theatre of Dublin, directs. Opening was May 21. The run was originally announced to play to July 5.

According to Irish Rep, "In 1858, two extraordinary men shared a podium to debate issues that would rock the world. Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, the nation's most charismatic orators, tackled these historic debates with fervor and an energy that hypnotized the nation. Behind the public drama, an equally tantalizing scenario was unfolding."

This year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

Christian Kauffmann plays Abraham Lincoln, Peter Cormican plays Stephen Douglas, Mary Linda Rapelye is Adele Douglas and Doug Stender is the Republican Committeeman.

Performances of The Rivalry are Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets $65 and $55 and can be purchased by calling (212) 727-2737 or at the box office at 132 W. 22nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

For more information, visit The Irish Rep website,

Peter Cormican and Christian Kauffmann in <i>The Rivalry</i>
Peter Cormican and Christian Kauffmann in The Rivalry Photo by Rick Teller
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