The Rivalry

The Rivalry

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by Norman Corwin
     
 

Academy Award-nominees Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn star in Norman Corwin's electrifying dramatization of the history-making Lincoln-Douglas debates. This fierce rivalry between rising legislator Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Senator Stephen A. Douglas tackled some of the day's most passionate and controversial issues - above all those of slavery and the

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Academy Award-nominees Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn star in Norman Corwin's electrifying dramatization of the history-making Lincoln-Douglas debates. This fierce rivalry between rising legislator Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Senator Stephen A. Douglas tackled some of the day's most passionate and controversial issues - above all those of slavery and the American concept of freedom. As seen through the eyes of Douglas' young wife Adele (Lily Rabe), the play illuminates two of the most charismatic politicians of any era. Also stars James Gleason and Shannon Cochran. Directed by Academy Award-winner Eric Simonson.

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Library Journal

Academy Award nominees Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn square off as incumbent Illinois senator Stephen Douglas and rising legislator Abraham Lincoln, respectively, in this reenactment of their historical 1858 debates. As conveyed from the perspective of Adele Douglas, Stephen's wife, the conversations and debates give way to a more perplexed and frustrated Stephen than has historically been portrayed. Strathairn plays Lincoln with calm and sincerity, but it is the energy and vitality of Giamatti (Emmy Award winner as John Adams) that dominate the performance. The stage direction and sound effects integrate well with the acting to create a rewarding audio experience for any listener.
—Lance Eaton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580815697
Publisher:
L.A. Theatre Works
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Edition description:
Unabridged, 2 CDs, 104 min.
Pages:
2
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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The Rivalry 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Audio: Terrific voicing, always relevant, compelling. I have listened to this many times.