Lincoln-Douglas Debates Revived in Irish Rep's The Rivalry, Starting May 15

News   Lincoln-Douglas Debates Revived in Irish Rep's The Rivalry, Starting May 15
Norman Corwin's play about the Abraham Lincoln-Stephen Douglas debate, The Rivalry, will get a run at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City May 15-July 5.

Opening is May 21. Vincent Dowling, former artistic director of Ireland's Abbey Theatre, directs. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Lincoln.

"In 1858, two extraordinary men shared a podium to debate issues that would rock the world," according to Irish Rep. "Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, the nation's most charismatic orators, tackled these historic debates with a fervor and an energy which hypnotized the nation. Using their passionate words, playwright Norman Corwin opens the world of the past with searing intensity and offers a play as trailblazing as the real life characters who inhabit it."

Christian Kaufman will portray Abraham Lincoln; Peter Cormican will bring "the Little Giant," Stephen Douglas, to life; Mary Linda Rapelye is Adele Douglas; and Doug Stender is the Republican Committeeman.

The creative team includes set designer Eugene D. Warner, costume designer Rosi Zingales, lighting designer Brian Nason, sound designer Zachary Williamson, original sound designer Walter Mantani, production stage manager Elis C. Arroyo and assistant stage manager Pamela Brusoski.

Performances of The Rivalry will play Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $65 and $55 and can be purchased by calling (212) 727-2737 or at the box office, 132 West 22nd Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

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Irish Rep is run by Charlotte Moore, artistic director; Ciarán O’Reilly, producing director; Jeffrey Chrzczon, general manager.

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