Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Thoughts on MY BROTHER

I read the MY BROTHER script yesterday and think it's fantastic! Brendan Russo is to be highly commended for penning such an exquisite play.

A few months back, I read James L. Swanson's wonderful book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer. Many of the events and details that Swanson discloses in his book are played out in the play.

Garrett, who I'll be reading, is Richard Garrett, the man whose farm a wounded Booth was brought to after his failed attempts to get away after the assasination of President Lincoln and where he would eventually die after soldiers caught up with him. Against orders, Booth was shot by Sergeant Boston Corbett. Booth's body was then carried to Garrett's porch, where he died.

Garrett has one very brief scene in the play, but I'm happy to be a part of the reading and looking forward to hearing it read aloud.

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