Being in the presence of Howard Wright-as-President Lincoln is an experience you will not soon forget. Dressed in precise period attire and speaking with a Kentucky accent, Lincoln’s mannerisms, speaking style, and above all his humanity, flows over you, the listener, with each moving sentence, witty observance, or eloquent description of a tortuous time that was the Civil War.
Authenticated speeches, letters, quotes, and humorous stories have been the foundation from which Howard Wright has crafted programs that give you a sense of what it may have been like to have been in the presence of Abraham Lincoln.
The most requested programs are “1863: Lincoln’s Remarkable Year” and “With Charity For All: Lincoln’s Last Year.” The full power of Lincoln’s steadfast resolve to finish the war and his eloquence in defining the issues and persuading the North to carry on are on full display.
From the Gettysburg Address to a multitude of letters, speeches, or quotes, or to the Second Inaugural Address, Lincoln’s leadership through a troubled time saved the Union. Howard Wright is an inspiring embodiment of Abraham Lincoln, especially to those who want to hear “Lincoln” speak his words.
The purpose of “Simply Lincoln” is for the audience to measure Abraham Lincoln’s greatness by listening to his actual words and unique use of the English language. Lincoln’s writing style was influenced by a lifelong passion of reading Elizabethan literature, such as the works of Shakespeare and the King James version of the Bible. When Lincoln composed a speech, he often read his words aloud in order to see how they would sound. His speeches were intended, after all, to be heard, not read. During the performance by Mr. Wright, "Abraham Lincoln" addresses the audience in the first person and gives context to a variety of speeches and letters. In addition, amusing anecdotes, quotes from Shakespeare and the Bible, and commentary about prominent people of the era are included.