June 7, 8, 9, 10, 2018

The Last of Mrs. Lincoln
by James Prideaux
directed by Kristin Wheeler


The Last of Mrs. Lincoln follows Mrs. Lincoln through the tumultuous years following her husband’s assassination up to the time of her death. Although we can’t know for sure the thoughts and motives of these historical figures, Mr. Prideaux examines and presents them, flaws and all, which I believe makes them all the more human and endearing to us.


Director's Bio:










Kristin is excited to bring The Last of Mrs. Lincoln to Theatre in the Park for the 100th anniversary of live theatre at Lincoln’s New Salem. In 2017, she co-directed Arsenic and Old Lace with her husband, Mark Wheeler, and since she survived, she decided to come back again! You may have seen Kristin as Grizzabella in TIP’s CATS, as Linda in STC’s The Wedding Singer, or as Mama Bear/Mama Ogre in Shrek: The Musical at The Muni. Other directing credits include co-directing The Music Man Jr. at STC, and vocal directing Jane Eyre: The Musical at TIP. Kristin holds a dual master’s degree in Adult and Community Education and Executive Development for Public Service, and works for the Illinois Board of Higher Education. She is also the President of the Board of Directors for Lincoln’s New Salem Theatre in the Park.



Thanks so much to all who auditioned for The Last of Mrs. Lincoln at Lincoln's New Salem Theatre in the Park. It was very difficult to choose from all of the talented individuals. I hope that we all have a chance to work together soon!


Mary Todd Lincoln – Pam Brown

Senator Austin – Dennis Darling

Robert Lincoln – Phillip Heppe

Young Tad –  Avery Biggs

Tad Lincoln –  Adam Reisch

Mary Harlan – Katie Bulava

Ninian Edwards – Terry Jones

Elizabeth Edwards – Mary Disseler

Lizzie Keckley/Mrs. Cunningham – Dynetta Cole

Lewis Baker – Nathaniel Ed

Mrs. McCullough – Jennifer Dennison

Young Senator/Attendant/Porter – Will Acton

Abraham Cunningham - Joshua Long

Lincoln Cunningham – Jonathan Long




Director - Kristin Wheeler

Assistant Director/Producer - Meghan Lowder-Paul

Set Designer & Builder - Mark Wheeler

Stage Manager/Crew Leader - Eric Wheeler

Props - Susan Wheeler