"I think nothing equals Macbeth," Abraham Lincoln once wrote. Before he became the nation's 16th president, Lincoln spent his youth on the prairie, memorizing Shakespeare to help him learn reading, writing and oratory. Decades later, during the bloodiest war in American history, he turned to the Bard repeatedly -- in both books and at the theater --for solace and inspiration. In the MetLiveArts production Lincoln's Favorite Shakespeare, you'll see actors perform the soliloquies that once comforted the president, including his own perennial favorite, Macbeth. Historian Harold Holzer adds to the drama with anecdotes about Lincoln's love of actors, stabs at theatrical criticism and impromptu Shakespearian recitation. This marriage of history and theory takes place in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Image: After G. Thomas (American, 19th century), Lincoln at Home (detail), 1867. Publisher: Currier & Ives (American, active New York, 1857���1907), Sitter: Abraham Lincoln (American, Hardin County, Kentucky 1809���1865 Washington, D.C.), Sitter: Mary Todd Lincoln (American, Lexington, Kentucky 1818���1882 Springfield, Massachusetts), Sitter: Robert Todd Lincoln (American, 1843���1926), Sitter: Thomas “Tad” Lincoln (American, 1853���1871). Hand-colored lithograph, Image: 16 13/16 × 23 3/4 in. (42.7 × 60.3 cm) Sheet: 19 7/8 �� 21 15/16 in. (50.5 �� 55.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Adele S. Colgate, 1962 (63.550.511)
Enjoy a pre-performance drink in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Doors will open at approximately 5:45 p.m. and you may purchase a drink and relax in your seat prior to the show.
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