The Judicial Murder of Mrs. Surratt
World premiere full production of the award-winning drama
Opening Night: Friday, September 29, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm: September 29 & 30, October 6, 7, 13 & 14
Sundays at 2:00 pm: October 1, 8 & 15
Play by Rich Amada
Directed by Eleanore Tapscott
Produced by Jayn Rife and Marg Soroos
Shortly after the final curtain of the first two Sunday matinees you are invited to stay a little longer for free extra events designed to intrigue, entertain, and perhaps even fascinate. They are:
Sunday, October 1: What Happened Next?
The play’s author, Rich Amada, will tell the tales of what happened to the various people involved in Mary Surratt’s story following her trial. You just might be astonished.
Sunday, October 8: You, the Jury
Was Mary Surratt truly guilty? Attorney William P. Binzel, who is also a member of the Surratt Society, will discuss the trial’s evidence and lead us through a deliberation in which you can cast your vote for a verdict of guilt or innocence.
Show Summary: Four score and nine years the United States of America existed as an independent nation that had never once seen fit to execute a woman for any crime. Then came the infamous night of April 14, 1865. Inside Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C., the famed actor John Wilkes Booth fired a bullet into the head of President Abraham Lincoln and, in so doing, set into motion a frenzy of events. Shocked and outraged by its first presidential assassination, the United States government launched an unprecedented dragnet to round up every suspect it could. Among the people arrested was Mrs. Mary E. Surratt, the widowed owner of a Washington boardinghouse where Booth and others implicated in the assassination were alleged to have conspired. She was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and, along with seven male co-defendants, tried before a military tribunal convened by President Andrew Johnson especially for the occasion. Those convicted could be hanged. Mrs. Surratt was on trial for her life. The Judicial Murder of Mrs. Surratt is a play based on that trial.
Mary Surratt: Charlene Sloan
John Bingham: Jim Pearson
Anna Surratt: Emily Golden
Frederick Aiken: Mytheos Holt
John Lloyd/John Surratt: Michael Schwartz
Louis Weichmann/John Wilkes Booth: Nicholas Barta