Tri-Cities TN/VA: Broken clouds, light rain, 64.4 °F
VA Memorial Theatre Johnson City, TN 37604
L.A. Theater Works will be performing Norman Corbin's The Rivalry at the VA Memorial Theater Friday, November 18, at 7:30pm. One hundred and fifty-three years ago, little-known candidate Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas faced off in seven fiery debates that were the talk of the nation. Come see actors Robert Parsons (Almost Famous, Nash Bridges) and Josh Clark (Heroes, Star Trek: Voyager), in their respective roles as Lincoln and Douglas, recreate these infamous debates. The New York Times called the play, which opened on Broadway on Lincoln’s birthday in 1959, “evocative, inspiring and stirring theater.” “For a work written 50-odd years ago about political debates that occurred a century and a half ago, The Rivalry is surprisingly resonant for today’s audiences,” reported the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va.