Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth, Exploring Legends of John Wilkes and Edwin Booth, Will Haunt The Players Club

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Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth, an immersive theatre experience by Cynthia von Buhler about the legends of John Wilkes and Edwin Booth, will begin performances March 1, 2014.

Directed by Wes Grantom, the production will be presented on the first Saturday of the month at The Players Club. Performances will be held March 1, April 5 and May 3 at 8 PM. 

Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth is set in 1919 in The Players Club — the former home of Edwin Booth — and features actors portraying John Drew (then-president of the Players Club) and John Singer Sargeant, as well as the ghosts of Edwin and John Wilkes Booth. The production also includes live jazz, moonshine and burlesque.

"Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth brings von Buhler's unique brand of immersive theater to the legends of John Wilkes and Edwin Booth," press notes state. "Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth is an immersive time-traveling theatrical experience, set in the renowned Players Club, which explores the sibling rivalry between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth." 

“My research on the Booth family has led me to believe that Abraham Lincoln was murdered as a result of sibling rivalry, and not because of John Wilkes' love of the confederacy," von Buhler said in a statement. "Edwin Booth, a staunch Lincoln supporter, was honored by the president — and even saved Lincoln's son Robert from being crushed by a train shortly before the president's assassination. Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth encourages audiences to roam Edwin Booth's former mansion in search for the truth. Utilizing Shakespearean themes, longtime conspiracy theories, and surreal vignettes, Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth weaves together a story of the brothers' troubled lives.”

Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth is the first show of its kind to be staged at The Players Club, which was founded in 1888 by Edwin Booth and 15 other incorporators (including Mark Twain and General William Tecumseh Sherman).   Von Buhler is the creator of the Prohibition-era immersive theatre experience Speakeasy Dollhouse, which explores the murder of her grandfather Frank Spano.

For tickets and more information, visit speakeasydollhouse.com.

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