KEYSER - Every student in history class learns about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. A pivotal time in America's history, the tragic events of April 14, 1865 had to have been a time of fear, angst and uncertainty as word spread across the nation about that fateful night at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Every student in history class learns about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. A pivotal time in America’s history, the tragic events of April 14, 1865 had to have been a time of fear, angst and uncertainty as word spread across the nation about that fateful night at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.
But what about the people who were actually there? The ones who witnessed the shooting? The ones who were on stage that night? The ones whose lives were forever changed by the actions of the man they knew as just another actor with aspirations of making it big?
This is the premise of “One Destiny,” a one-act play set in Ford’s Theatre one week after Lincoln’s death. One of the actors who was appearing in the show that night returns to the closed theater to retrieve his belongings, and happens to meet up with the owner of the theater who, considered a possible conspirator in the assassination, was just released from jail.
As the two begin to talk about the horrors of “that night,” they recall - and re-enact - the events that led up to the murder. Events which, at the time, seemed so unremarkable but were, in fact, shapers of history.
“One Destiny” stars Timothy Bambara as Harry Hawk, the actor, and Mark Perman as Harry Ford, the owner of the theater. It will be presented Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. at The Indie on Main and later on in the month at the Embassy in Cumberland.
Both men are seasoned local actors, and slip easily from one character to the next as they don a hat or coat, or pick up a hammer to take on the guise of the various stage hands, house managers and performers who played a part in preparing the theatre for the arrival of President Lincoln.
There are some chuckles in the play, but what you will remember most is the chill on the back of your neck as the two tortured men wonder if they could have stopped John Wilkes Booth from murdering the president and forever changing history.
“One Destiny” is a history lesson of a different sort … and one you will not forget.
Tickets for the performances at The Indie are $5 for adults and $3 for children, and for more information you may call 304-359-4254.
Tickets for the performances at The Embassy are $8, and information about those performances is available at 240-362-7183.