The City's 11th annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration Sunday, February 13 will feature Chicago actor Richard Marlatt in "Abraham Lincoln Carved in Stone." The performance begins at 2 p.m. at the Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Southeast High School, 2930 S. 37th Street. Marlatt wrote the one-man play based on Lincoln's own words.
The school will open at 1 p.m. and the theatre will open at 1:30 p.m. The performance will be followed by a reception with the actor featuring free birthday cake, exhibits and music by Lincoln's Chris Sayre. Susan Dittman of Lincoln also will be selling her new book, "Abraham Lincoln's Shining Star – the Inspiring Story of Abraham Lincoln and Nebraska." The celebration is presented by the City of Lincoln with support from the Nebraska Humanities Council, Lincoln Benefit Life and the Lincoln Public Schools.
Marlatt, a member of Actor's Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild, also will present a free workshop for high school and college students from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 12 at UNL's Temple Building, 12th and "R" streets. Students can register for "Making a Life in the Professional Theatre" by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marlatt presented the first workshop production of the play in Lincoln in the summer of 2009 as part of Nebraska Repertory Theatre's "Destination" series. He also has appeared in Nebraska Rep mainstage productions — The Drawer Boy, Metamorphoses, Moonlight and Magnolias and Anatomy of Gray.
"Bringing Abraham Lincoln's remarkable life story to the stage has been an incredible inspiration," Marlatt said. "Lincoln struggled against all odds and great tragedy, achieving so very much in his lifetime that might have seemed impossible."
A working professional actor and director since 1980, Marlatt has a Fine Arts Degree in Theatre and Interpretation. He has trained at The Royal National Theatre of Great Britain's Acting Studio in London and was the first Philip Meister Scholarship recipient at the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York. He has taught independent Masters Workshops as a Guest Artist in schools, colleges and universities since 1981.
Sayre has performed at all ten of the City's previous Lincoln celebrations. He is self taught on more than a dozen instruments and has performed and promoted traditional and contemporary folk music for nearly 30 years. He has performed nationally at more than 1,000 schools and is a longtime participant in the Artists in Schools/Communities Program, co-sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council.
More information on the celebration is available by calling 441-7831.