World Premiere of Wilkes Presented by Glacity Theatre

Daily Dose  |  07/07/2018 9:00 am

A U.S. citizen is accused of a heinous crime, but rather than receiving a trial by jury as constitutionally mandated, he is condemned to death by a military tribunal. No, it’s not 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11; it’s 1865, and the accused is the man who helped John Wilkes Booth escape after his assassination of the President of the United States.

Wilkes is a fast-paced contemporary play that tells the story of the planning and assassination of Abraham Lincoln as well as the ensuing manhunt after Booth escaped, all from the perspective of Davey Herold. Herold was a close friend of John Wilkes Booth and a co-conspirator in the assassination plot. Following his capture with the injured Booth after 12 days on the run from authorities, Herold was tried by military commission as a domestic terrorist rather than a court of law, in denial of his rights as a U.S. citizen.

Playwright James Stover says, “The play is an exploration of the origins of a continuing legal issue in our country - can citizens be defined as "terrorists" and therefore denied their right to a trial by their peers?” Our country has long grappled with where to draw the line between criminal behavior and terrorism – as Davey Herold’s story vividly illustrates. Stover explains that though laws were created following the execution of the Lincoln co-conspirators so that such a thing would never happen again, in 2001 as part of the Patriot Act these laws were superseded.

Featuring a cast of 3, the 70-minute play is filled with action, suspense and a history lesson relevant to our times. Daniel Schweikert plays John Wilkes Booth, Jackson Howard is Davey Herold and Bryan Harkins is Frederick Stone. The design team includes James S. Hill (Scenic), Kelly McBane (Costumes), Stephen Sakowski (Lights/Sound) and Kevin Upham (Props). The production is directed by the author, and will be stage managed by Tori McBean.

Wilkes runs July 27 – 29 and August 2 - 4, 2018 in the Center Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts on the University of Toledo main campus. All performances are at 8 pm except Sunday, July 29 which will be at 2 pm. The doors open one half hour prior to curtain. Ticket prices are $15 at the door, or they can be purchased in advance online at for the same price. Student rush tickets for $10 are available at the door only, on the date of performance.

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