Mr LincolnMr. Lincoln

August 8, 9, 28, 29, 2014
By Herbert Mitgang
Directed by Carly Shank

Performed by John O’Connor, Mr. Lincoln shares Abraham Lincoln’s life and mind from the moments of his youth, to the maturity in Illinois as an advocate, and on to the momentous years he spent in Washington as the great emancipator of the Civil War. The events and ideas are rooted in historical records and new discoveries about Lincoln the man, the husband, the wartime commander in chief, the president with special emphasis on Lincoln's own brilliant language. Discover the inner life of the human, humorous, and often troubled president's personal and public self.

Performed byJohn OConnor

John O’Connor (Mr. Lincoln) 
John returns to Theatre in the Park after his splendid performance as John Proctor in last summer’s The Crucible. A veteran area actor, John will warm up for his role as Lincoln by playing Capt. Von Trapp in The Sound of Music at Muni in June and the Union Captain in the musical, The Civil War, at ALPLM in July. Favorite roles include Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun, Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Bill Sykes in Oliver! (Muni and TIP); Callahan in Legally Blonde: The Musical (Roxy Theatricals); Lawrence Jamieson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Springfield Theatre Centre). John is a political writer for The Associated Press at the Capitol.