About The Production

Steve Fatla, Director and Producer of Carlow University Theatre, is teaming up with the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves to mount the 150th Anniversary Benefit Production of Our American Cousin– the play that President Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated.

The play had been an immensely popular comedy since its debut in 1858, and on this particular night in 1865 was being presented as a benefit performance for famous actress and producer Laura Keane. CUT’s production will transport you back to the time of the 1860s, where you can meet Clara Barton, General Grant, and Abraham Lincoln himself. You can stroll through a Civil War encampment, witness period weapons-firing demonstrations and examine period photographs of Lincoln. You can also delve into the history of Ford’s Theater, the actors, and the play, Pittsburgh’s Civil War history and the role of the Sisters of Mercy on the nation’s battlefields and in the nation’s hospitals.

Keep checking this website for event updates! We look forward to seeing you at the theater!


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