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L. A. Theatre Works presents "The Rivalry" Feb. 7

02/01/2012

Theatre Works’ The Rivalry, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, Hall Auditorium at Miami University. Photo by Matt Petit
The Miami University Performing Arts Series presents L.A. Theatre Works with its acclaimed radio-theatre production of "The Rivalry" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Hall Auditorium.

The Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 tackled the day's most passionate issue - slavery. Taken directly from the transcripts, “The Rivalry” recreates the face off between Abraham Lincoln, rising Illinois legislator and abolitionist candidate of the newly formed Republican party, and Senator Stephen A. Douglas, the Democratic incumbent and champion of states' rights.

“What is so heartbreakingly different from today's political scene is how principled they both were, putting the nation before their own hopes,” notes L.A. Theatre Works producing artistic director Susan Loewenberg.

Directed by Shannon Cochran, “The Rivalry” stars Robert Parsons and Josh Clark as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, heated rivals for the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois, and Rebecca Mozo as Adele, the young wife of Senator Douglas through whose lens the proceedings are witnessed.

For three decades, L.A. Theatre Works has been the leading radio theater company in the United States, committed to using innovative technologies to preserve and promote significant works of dramatic literature and bringing live theater into the homes of millions.

L.A. Theatre Works’ “The Rivalry” is presented by the Miami University Performing Arts Series and sponsored by Kona Bistro and the Western College Alumnae Association, with media partners 88.5 WMUB and 91.7 WVXU.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for senior citizens, and $9 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, order online at Performing Arts Series or call the Miami Box Office at 529-3200.

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