Video: Playwright James Still on “The Widow Lincoln”

“Obviously if you see a play at Ford’s Theatre it’s impossible not to think about Abraham Lincoln,” playwright James Still said. However, Lincoln won’t be the central character of Still’s emotional world-premiere drama that opens at Ford’s Theatre in January 2015.

Set during the six weeks following the 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln, The Widow Lincoln portrays a very human Mary Lincoln as she mourns with the nation and comes to terms with yet another tremendous personal loss.

“I found it very powerful that Lincoln was not a character in The Widow Lincoln,” Still said. He recently sat down with us to talk about why he is fascinated with Mary Lincoln and is so eager to explore the aftermath of Lincoln’s death through her eyes.

Reserve tickets to The Widow Lincoln, directed by Stephen Rayne. The performance runs January 23 – February 22, 2015.