Skip to main content

Spring theater production explores Lincoln legacy and social media

Posted 03/27/17

What if Abraham Lincoln invented Facebook? Fitchburg State University alumnus Andy Bayiates '97's new play “The Peculiar Distraction of Mr. Lincoln’s Social Media” poses that question with a sense of humor, insight and rage. The play will be presented as the main stage production of the university’s Communications Media and Industrial Technology Departments in April.

The funny, touching and topical play will be performed at the Wallace Theater for the Performing Arts at the McKay Complex, 67 Rindge Road. Admission is free.

Set in 1853 Illinois, Lincoln’s new “Tribune” upends the town of Springfield with instant popularity and spins a love triangle at the center of the plot into dizzy dances. Funny and provocative, this new work uncannily shows us ourselves through this distant mirror.

Award-winning Professor Richard McElvain directs a talented cast of 15 Fitchburg State students in full period costume, giving audiences an opportunity to shake off the winter doldrums.

Performances will be given at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6; Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13;  7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, Saturday, April 8, Thursday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15; and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, Sunday, April 9 and Saturday, April 15.

Back to News