American Historical Theatre actor Bob Gleason brings Abraham Lincoln to life today at East Jersey Olde Towne in Piscataway at 2 pm. The program, sponsored by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Gleason, an actor and historian, will bring Lincoln to life. Abraham Lincoln was a self-taught, determined, highly individualistic man who rose from poverty and was committed to the preservation of the Union. Gleason’s portrayal enables audiences to experience the depth of Lincoln’s heart as well as his quick wit.
Gleason’s Abraham Lincoln conveys the self-taught, determined, highly individualistic man who rose from poverty. Lincoln’s commitment to the preservation of the Union matched his compassion for those who fought to save it. No stranger to hard work or to overcoming almost impossible obstacles, Lincoln enables audiences to experience the depth of his heart as well as his quick mind and unflappable spirit.
Bob Gleason feels a strong personal connection to Lincoln because one of his relatives met the Great Man several times and another relation was babysat by a woman whose hand had been shaken by the President. Gleason’s library of over 200 books on Lincoln reflects his commitment to doing justice to his portrayal.
Lincoln, and Gleason, communicate important life lessons: Recognize that even if life isn’t so “swell,” you can still help other people and be useful; inspire by example; be honest, even if you’re a lawyer; rise above poverty and achieve; and if you don’t have what you need, invent it (Lincoln created a device to raise flat boats).
For more information on the performance, call 732-745-4489. East Jersey Olde Towne is located at 1050 River Road in Piscataway.