Hershey Felder’s AN AMERICAN STORY for ACTOR AND ORCHESTRA, which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s last day, will have its world premiere at San Diego’s beautiful Birch North Park Theatre. For this new production, Felder will create the role of Dr. Charles Augustus Leale, the 23-year-old unknown Union Army medic who was the first to reach the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre on the night President Lincoln was shot. Mrs. Lincoln then put Dr. Leale in charge to see the President through his last hours.
Set in New York City in 1932, 90-year old Dr. Charles Leale tells his true story as he travels back in time and recounts the events that, 67 years before, changed his life forever.
AN AMERICAN STORY features an original book and score by Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone, Maestro: Leonard Bernstein), and will be performed with live orchestra. Drawing upon the songs of great American composer Stephen Foster (Beautiful Dreamer, My Old Kentucky Home, Oh Susanna etc.) as well as President Lincoln’s own words, AN AMERICAN STORY is based on true events as seen through the eyes of a simple young man who suddenly found himself at the center of world history.
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