Photographs by Barry Wisdom
What do you really know about the 16th president of the United States?
Yes, he abolished slavery. Yes, he had a wife who was cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Yes, his visage graces the U.S. penny and five-dollar bill. And – most ironically – he was a huge theater fan.
Those only familiar with the very mature (and craggy) Abraham Lincoln, will get a rare look at the Great Emancipator’s early years courtesy of B Street Theatre Associate Producer Jerry Montoya, whose “The Young Abe Lincoln” has its world premiere Jan. 22 as the company’s first Family Series play of 2011.
In addition to serving as playwright, Montoya also shares directing chores with producing director Buck Busfield.
David Campfield, who most-recently appeared in the Family Series production of “Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!,” leads the cast in the title role of Honest Abe, with B Street company members John Lamb, Dave Pierini, Michael Stevenson and Anthony D’Juan providing support.
B Street Acting Intern Company member Annie Duckett makes her B Street stage debut essaying multiple roles (as do most of the cast).
Described as “a humorous and insightful tale for children ages 5 and older,” “The Young Abe Lincoln” is Montoya’s fifth play for the B Street Family Series, having previously penned “The Secret Garden,” “Treasure Island,” “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” and “The Conductor: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.”
“The Young Abe Lincoln” previews at 1 p.m. Jan. 22, with the opening set for 4 p.m. Jan. 22. The show plays at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 27.
JUST THE FACTS
WHAT: The B Street Theatre Family Series production of “The Young Abe Lincoln”
WHEN: Previews 1 p.m. Jan. 22; opens 4 p.m. Jan. 22; plays 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 27
WHERE: The B Street Theatre Family Series/B3 stage, 2727 B St., Sacramento, Calif.
WHO: Written by Jerry Montoya; directed by Jerry Montoya and Buck Busfield; featuring David Campfield (Abe Lincoln), John Lamb (Garrett/Blighty), Dave Pierini (Dindel/Emmitt), Annie Duckett (Alice Offut/Lula/Gypsy), Michael Stevenson (Denton Offut/Big Red), Anthony D’Juan (Bocephus); lighting design by Ron Madonia; scenic/set design by Catherine Frye and Myke Kunkel; costume design by Nancy Pipkin
HOW MUCH: $8-$22
FOR MORE INFO: (916) 443-5300; www.bstreettheatre.org