If Booth Had Missed

by  Arthur Goodman

Full Length Play, Drama  /  17m, 2f

This play is an imaginary presentation of what might have happened if Lincoln had lived to carry out his program of reconstruction.

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If Booth Had Missed

by  Arthur Goodman

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    17m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

This play is an imaginary presentation of what might have happened if Lincoln had lived to carry out his program of reconstruction which Johnson willingly shouldered and which brought this loyal successor to impeachment and eventual trial. He shows Lincoln faced with the political rapacity of the Reconstruction, conspired against, and finally impeached.
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Keywords

Politics

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Large Stage

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: From 1865 to 1867 in Washington, D.C.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

17m, 2f

JOHN WILKES BOOTH
SAMBO - A porter in Ford's Theatre
LLOYD PAYNE - One of Booth's accomplices
THADDEUS STEVENS - A member of the House of Representatives and the leader of the Republican Party
HENRY W. DAVIS - A Senator
GEN. BENJAMIN F. BUTLER - A member of the House of Representatives
BENJAMIN F. WADE - A Senator
FRANCIS HILTON - An editor
EDWIN M. STANTON - The Secretary of War
ABRAHAM LINCOLN
MRS. LINCOLN
MAJOR RATHBONE - An aide
CAPTAIN SMILEY - Attache in Stanton's office
MAJOR REED - Attache in Stanton's office
TAD LINCOLN
JOHN HAY - Lincoln's secretary
JOHN NICOLAY - Lincoln's secretary
MRS. JEFFERSON DAVIS - The wife of the ex-President of the Confederacy
GIDEON WELLES - The Secretary of the Navy
GEN. U.S. GRANT
WILLIAM SEWARD - The Secretary of State
HUGH MCCULLOCH - The Secretary of the Interior
HENRY STANBERRY - The Attorney General
ANDREW JOHNSON - The Vice-President
W.M. EVARTS - An attorney
CURTIS - An attorney
SENATOR BAYARD
SENATOR GRIMES
SENATOR WICKERS

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Plus an ensemble of 29 males and 12 females

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Authors

Arthur Goodman

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