Phil Funkenbusch

Rachel Otwell

This week Rachel & Scott are joined by two locals who are heavily immersed in the community theater scene. Phil Funkenbusch and Reggie Guyton come by the studios to talk about A Raisin in The Sun - the classic play opens at the Hoogland in Springfield this weekend - more info here.

Fritz Klein performs The Last Full Measure in the NPR Illinois Suggs Performance Studio.
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Thursday will mark the 206th year since Abraham Lincoln was born.  Ken Bradbury, a prolific Illinois playwright, wrote a one-man, one-act play called 'The Last Full Measure' about what Lincoln may have been thinking in the moments after he was assassinated. NPR Illinois was joined in The Suggs Performance Studio by Fritz Klein, world-renowned Lincoln actor, as well as Bradbury and the director Phil Funkenbusch. All three joined the audience after the performance for a Q & A session.

Listen to the whole thing here:   

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It's not all that often that a play begins at the end - but that's exactly the case for a new work by Illinois author Ken Bradbury. In the one-act, one-man play, titled The Last Full Measure - Bradbury explores what Lincoln may have been thinking near the end of the his life. The play premieres at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday and runs through the weekend. It will be performed by actor Fritz Klein - one of the foremost Lincoln impersonators.

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You may know the story of the war between the states.  But what is often overlooked is the emotional drama the period had on those who lived through it.

The musical "The Civil War" brings that part of the story to the stage in downtown Springfield starting Thursday night. 

"It's not a history lesson, although you learn a lot," Co-director Phil Funkenbusch said. "It's really a concert theatre piece."

"Instead of telling the story of the Civil War, it's really telling the stories about the people involved in the war."