Download e-book for kindle: Acting Presidents: 100 Years of Plays about the Presidency by B. Altschuler

By B. Altschuler

ISBN-10: 0230110177

ISBN-13: 9780230110175

 Although motion pictures concerning the presidency were a favored topic for research, there is not any identical literature approximately performs that painting leader executives. This e-book fills that hole by way of reading intimately approximately 50 performs depicting old, fictional or even musical presidents. It explains how, because the public's belief in govt has declined, the heroic presidents of the 1st 1/2 the 20th century were changed on level through such antiheroes as Nixon and Harding.

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An 80-minute television production starring Jason Robards was broadcast on Hallmark Hall of Fame in 1964 and is available at the Paley Center. Because the play’s underlying question—When does a cause justify going to war or risking one’s life—is a timeless one, Abe Lincoln in Illinois remains relevant enough to be revived. It is likely no coincidence that the first major revival, scheduled for the play’s twenty-fifth anniversary in 1963, occurred during the civil rights struggle. ” However, the play itself was beginning to seem outdated to critics less enamored of heroic presidents, even those as obviously great as Lincoln.

However, Burr’s challenge of Alexander Hamilton to a duel makes it difficult for Dolly to continue to delay her choice. When Burr renews his proposal, adding that he hopes to launch an expedition that will soon make him emperor of Mexico, Dolly replies that if he goes through with the duel, she will marry Madison. Although Burr tells her that he will shoot to miss, Hamilton is killed in the duel. His later explanation that this was an accident fails to mollify Dolly. Six months later, Jefferson’s first official dinner at the White House in the new capital of Washington, DC, provides an opportunity for Other Heroic Presidents 37 comedic contrast between the old and new worlds.

Unable to decide between the charming Burr and the promise of a peaceful life with the dependable Madison, she puts him off as well. Her boarders suggest that she marry Madison who has been designated as the new secretary of state. However, Burr’s challenge of Alexander Hamilton to a duel makes it difficult for Dolly to continue to delay her choice. When Burr renews his proposal, adding that he hopes to launch an expedition that will soon make him emperor of Mexico, Dolly replies that if he goes through with the duel, she will marry Madison.

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