by Phil Funkenbusch, Director of Shows Division, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's popular play, One Destiny, by Richard Hellesen, has resumed performances. Ed MacMurdo, of the original ALPLM cast, is directing new actors Jeremy Goeckner and Nathan Peak in the play about the aftermath of the assassination of President Lincoln. Upcoming performances: September 18 and 25, October 7, 16, 23, and 29. Curtain at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are free and distributed 2 hours before showtime. Show schedule subject to change—please call ahead (217) 558-8934.
Richard Hellesen’s play takes place in the days after the assassination of President Lincoln in April 1865. Harry Hawk—the actor who was performing onstage when the president was shot—revisits the night of April 14 with Harry Ford, the theater manager. Two actors portray several characters during the course of the 35-minute performance. The cast features Jeremy Goeckner and Nathan Peak. Nathan Peak (Harry Hawk) studied vocal performance at Westminster College choir in Princeton, New Jersey and has performed locally in productions of Spamalot, Crazy for You and Avenue Q. He has been a member of the Ghosts of the Library acting team since the fall of 2013. Jeremy Goeckner (Harry Ford) graduation from Lincoln Christian University in 2010 with degrees in Vocal Performance, Music Composition and Graphic/Video Design. Jeremy has performed locally in productions of Rent, Sunset Boulevard, and Into the Woods. He has been a member of the Ghosts of the Library acting team since the fall of 2012.
The play has been given 143 performances here for audiences numbering 31,998 (2009-13). One Destiny premiered at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC and continues to be performed there. “This is a fast-paced, forty-minute play that is geared for all-ages,” says Phil Funkenbusch, director of the Shows Division. “It’s been a favorite with our audiences and we’re glad to have the opportunity to stage the show for the coming season.” A Q&A session takes place after each performance.