9th Reserves staging `American Cousin'
The 9th Pennsylvania Reserves and the director of "Our American Cousin" plan to take audiences back in time when they stage the play April 14-16 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.
"We're not going for rave reviews," said Keith Kammenzind, the producer and a member of the reserves, a Civil War reenactment group.
"Being living historians, we want to present something Lincoln would've seen."
President Abraham Lincoln was watching the play at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., when John Wilkes Booth shot him on April 14, 1865. He died the next day.
"Our American Cousin" was a popular drawing-room comedy in its day, said director Steve Fatla, an adjunct instructor at Carlow College and manager of the Antonian Theater on the Oakland campus.
It's about a British family, visited by an American cousin who is trying to get his share of the estate.
The library's 650-seat music hall with its low-hanging balcony is very similar to Ford's Theater, Fatla said. And while a Lincoln look-alike may show up, he said, there are no plans to re-create the shooting.
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