“An Evening with John Wilkes Booth”

On March 3, 2017, Kate and I presented at an event for the Friends of Rich Hill and the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco. The event venue was the restored Port Tobacco courthouse in Port Tobacco, Maryland. Though Port Tobacco is the former stomping grounds of conspirator George Atzerodt, the subject of this event was the lead assassin, John Wilkes Booth. While I have given speeches about Booth in the past, including my 2016 speech for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum volunteers, I had never previously attempted to portray John Wilkes Booth in the first person. The event in Port Tobacco, billed as “An Evening with John Wilkes Booth”, was my first attempt at being John Wilkes Booth, rather than just discussing John Wilkes Booth.

The following play is meant to provide an insight into the mind of John Wilkes Booth by utilizing much of his own words and writings. Some of the words said by Booth are uncomfortable to hear, but they are vital if we are to truly understand the world view of Lincoln’s assassin. The video of the performance is embedded below or you can watch it directly on YouTube by clicking here.

If you are interested in more first person portrayals of conspirators, Kate will be performing as Mary Surratt twice in April, 2017. On April 1st, Kate will be performing her one woman show about Mrs. Surratt’s imprisonment at the annual Surratt Society Conference in Clinton, Maryland. To sign up for the conference please visit the Surratt House Museum’s website. Kate will also be portraying Mary Surratt at an event in Port Tobacco, Maryland on Friday, April 7th at 6:00 pm. At this performance, Mrs. Suratt will be joined by George Atzerodt and the two of them will discuss their involvement in the conspiracy against Lincoln. The event at Port Tobacco is free and open to the public.

EDIT: I just realized that today is the five year anniversary of my very first posting here on BoothieBarn. When I started this site, it was an outlet for me to share some of the interesting things I had learned while researching the Lincoln assassination. I didn’t really know if it would be of interest to anyone other than myself. However, through this site I have made many wonderful friends and have been fortunate enough to speak about John Wilkes Booth and Lincoln’s assassination in several venues. And so after 5 years, 400+ posts and almost 600 followers later, I want to thank you all for your much appreciated support. As long as I keep finding interesting things about the Lincoln assassination to share, I expect posts will continue here on BoothieBarn for many more years to come. 

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10 thoughts on ““An Evening with John Wilkes Booth”

  1. Great job!!!!

  2. Gary Goodenow

    Please let me tell you how great this is. I was originally introduced to your website by persons who had viewed online your lecture in Illinois. I genuinely enjoyed that lecture and I have replayed it several times. Thereafter, I watched your other video efforts to recapture events of Booth’s escape. This video, I suggest, is very well done in content (albeit amateur in filming technique) and seems to capture the man. I feel your words imputed to Booth are fair use of what is likely true. Congrats.

  3. Fantastic presentation, Dave! You do such a great job – I’ll pop down to Port Royal for your presentation in April. It’s on my calendar. I’m only 35-40 minutes away so it’ll be a great Spring road trip! Congrats on your 5 year anniversary – you have found and shared so many wonderful things!

  4. public1946

    As always Dave did a great job, and as usual I learned a couple of new things. Perhaps better in person than on the video but that’s the advantage of being local.

  5. Great job Dave! Wish I could have seen your performance in person. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since your very first blog post and that I’ve known you this long. So happy I discovered your blog and we have become such great friends/collaborators! ūüôā

  6. Candace Serviss

    Would love to see this.

  7. I loved it…what a performance

  8. Dave Kruiswyk

    Happy Anniversary! And keep up your fascinating work. From Chicago…

    Dave K.

  9. Great job, Dave. Very powerful.

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