Tuesday, October 15, 2018
Location: Maggiano’s-Chevy Chase 5333 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington DC
Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination
Presenter: Thomas A. Bogar, Theatre Historian and Lincoln Author
The Lincoln Group of DC is proud to announce that our October 2019 speaker will be Thomas A. Bogar.
This should be a fascinating presentation by Bogar, both because of his theater background and because for the first time he delves into the stories of the actors and stagehands who become unwilling players
in a horrific American tragedy. Some of the forty-six theater workers, stars, bit players, doorkeepers, prompters, musicians, costumers, and callboys would have their lives changed forever, while others
would fade offstage into oblivion. With calls of “Burn the place down” and uncertainty about who may or may not have helped Booth carry out his dastardly deed, no one in the theater that night was safe from scrutiny. Bogar brings us into their lives, some altered, some shattered, and examines how each played out that night and the days that followed.
Thomas Bogar has taught theater history, dramatic literature, and theatrical production for over forty years, most recently at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in theater history from Louisiana State University after earning Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees at the University of Maryland. He has directed over seventy theatrical productions, authored many books on the subject, and his writing has appeared in many prestigious journals. His presentation is based on his 2013 book, Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination published by Regnery History press.