Photo Submitted – Trish Clark as Mary Todd Lincoln
DANVILLE, KY – (Friday, Sept. 12, 2014) – The Community Arts Center, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present Mary Todd Lincoln: A House Divided at the Arts Center’s September installment of the Lunch with the Arts series next Wednesday, Sept. 17 at noon at the Community Arts Center, 401 W. Main in downtown Danville.
Mary Todd Lincoln lived a life of tremendous triumph and great tragedy.
A Lexington, Ky., native, Mary Todd was educated at some of the finest schools, making her among the most well-educated women of her time. While living with her older sister in Springfield, Ill., Mary met and married lawyer and state legislator Abraham Lincoln.
Mary was ambitious. She had high expectations for her husband’s political career. Her lofty expectations came to fruition Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United State in November 1860. The Lincoln years in the White House were the most tumultuous in American history with the nation in the midst of the Civil War.
Mary’s personal life was filled with great tragedy. Her 4-year-old son Eddie died when the Lincolns were living in Springfield. While in the White House, her young son Willie died in 1862. Three years later, and 5 days after Robert E. Lee surrendered, her beloved husband was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre. And, in 1871, her son Tad died of pleurisy. Four years later, a distraught Mary was committed to a private asylum for the insane by her first born and sole surviving son, Robert.
Trish Clark of Lexington portrays Mary Todd Lincoln for Kentucky Chautauqua. Clark has worked as an artist and educator for more than 30 years, and currently serves as executive director of the Woodford Theatre in Versailles.
Bo List of Lexington is the script writer. List has been working in the area as an actor, writer and director for more than 20 years.
This program was funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is presented free of charge. Those who wish to pre-order a lunch from Cue on Main may do so by registering online at http://www.communityartscenter.net by Monday, Sept. 15. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own lunches.
Lunch with the Arts is an informal program that gives the community the opportunity to meet artists, to learn about what motivates them and to better understand different creative processes. It includes a performance, demonstration or other presentation from locally or nationally known artists, musicians and creative professionals. Each program includes time for questions from the audience.
Kentucky Chautauqua is an exclusive program of the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from: Christina Lee Brown, the Brown-Forman Corporation, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Lindsey Wilson College, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.
The Kentucky Humanities Council is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is not a state agency, but is a proud partner of Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For more information, visit http://www.kyhumanities.org or call 859-257-5932.
The Community Arts Center provides arts opportunities to every member of the community through exhibits, educational programs and community outreach for people of all ages and skill levels. For more information about Lunch with the Arts and other programs, visit http://www.communityartscenter.net or call 859-236-4054.
About the Community Arts Center
The mission of the Community Arts Center is to enrich our community by nurturing the arts, fostering creativity, and promoting education.
About the Kentucky Arts Council
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports the Community Arts Center with state tax dollars and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.