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Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House

Written By - Carlyle Brown
  • Directed by - Doug Oliphant

Greenway Court Theatre
544 N Fairfax AveCA | Los Angeles, CA 90036

President Abraham Lincoln struggles with signing the Emancipation Proclamation when he is mysteriously visited by Uncle Tom, the fictional character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's abolitionist novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life Among the Lowly.' Throughout one late night and into the dawning day, these two iconic characters from life and literature attempt to understand each other across a chasm of race in the midst of the Civil War, and find themselves crossing over into each other’s world in a tale of suffering, self-discovery and redemption.

About the Writer

Carlyle Brown is a celebrated playwright and recipient of playwriting fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust, and many more. His first professional production was Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show at Penumbra Theatre Company, which then premiered his The African Company Presents Richard III, and Buffalo Hair (National McKnight Fellowship). Additional plays include Pure Confidence, The Negro of Peter the Great, A Big Blue Nail, Dartmoor Prison, Down in Mississippi and others. Brown has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Houston Grand Opera, the Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Goodman Theater. He is the 2006 recipient of The Black Theatre Network’s Winona Lee Fletcher Award for outstanding achievement and artistic excellence, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2010 recipient of the Otto Rene’ Castillo Award for Political Theatre, and 2010 United States Artists Fellow. Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House at the Guthrie Studio in 2014.


  • Jason Delane Lee
  • Veralyn Jones

Behind the scenes