LCCC KICKS OFF ANTIQUE WEEK WITH THE PRES: ‘A. LINCOLN’ ON STAGE FEB. 9 AND 10
LINCOLN CITY – Steve Holgate, praised as one of the best President Lincoln interpreters in the United States, will return to the Lincoln City Cultural Center next week. Holgate will perform his two-act play, “A. Lincoln,” on Saturday, Feb. 9, and Sunday, Feb. 10. Honestly, can you think of a better way to launch Lincoln City’s Antique Week?
Holgate, an actor of 40 years,’ has been a Lincoln presenter for 12 of those years, and says he loves to offer his audiences rare insights into the life of Abraham Lincoln, including his personal tragedies as well as some of his favorite jokes and even his poetry. He can discuss the president’s years in the White House, the dark era of the Civil War and the momentous decisions he was forced to make.
Called “the best Lincoln in America,” Holgate has a remarkable resemblance to the 16th president, enhanced by costume and makeup. He has appeared in Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho as well as overseas, earning praise from the Portland Oregonian, Corvallis Gazette-Times, Albany Democrat-Herald and Vancouver Daily Columbian. Thousands have seen him perform live, and many others on “A House Divided,” the special aired on OPB Television.
He brought his “Lincoln Live” press conference presentation to the center last February, to a sold out house. This February, he’ll be performing “A. Lincoln,” a more full and intimate portrait of Lincoln, from his days as a young lawyer, through his early struggles in politics and into the crucible of the Civil War. A. Lincoln may also “time travel” forward to contemporary times to provide insight and describe options we face as a country that he predicted 150 years ago.
Performances are set for 7 pm Saturday, Feb. 9, and 2 pm on Sunday, Feb. 10. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, free for children 12 and under.
Wine, beer and concessions will be sold in the auditorium, and doors open ½ hour before showtime. For tickets and information, call the volunteer box office at 541-994-9994, or drop by between 10 and 4, Thursday through Monday.
These performances of “A. Lincoln” are part of the center’s “History Lives” series, supported by a grant from the city’s Visitor Development Funds grant program. Lodging for A. Lincoln is donated by the Historic Anchor Inn. As part of its educational outreach program, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will be sending Pres. Lincoln to visit the students of the Isaac Newton Middle School and Newport Intermediate School, on the day before the performance.