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Themed Attractions: Executive Producer Named For Lincoln Amphitheatre


The six-month, nationwide search for Lincoln Amphitheatre’s executive producer has ended.   
Scores of qualified candidates from all over the country were considered, said Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association’s president, Will Koch.
“Steve Wright from Seattle, Washington, impressed us from the start, ” says Koch. “He specializes in taking theatres to the next level. With our new Lincoln play opening next June, we needed a topnotch professional and we found one.”
Originally from Texas, Wright has a resume rich with accomplishments in managing theatres. His background includes acting and directing as well as producing. Most recently, he served as Managing Director/Producer of Seattle Public Theater, where he produced the world premiere of the stage play “(Just Like) Starting Over, ” about the last day of John Lennon’s life.
“I don’t know that parallels are often drawn between Lincoln and Lennon, ” says Koch. “But there’s something to be said for producing a play that satisfied Yoko Ono. We’re impressed with Steve’s personality, his experience, and his drive.”
In preparation for the world’s celebration of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 2009, the Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association (LBDA) last year launched an effort to create a new dramatic presentation for the 1, 500-seat Lincoln Amphitheatre, located in Lincoln State Park.
Abraham Lincoln grew up in what is now Spencer County, Indiana.
“Lincoln’s character was forged right here in southern Indiana, ” says Koch. “We want the new play to leave the audience with the understanding that the boy who lived here from ages seven to 21 became such a remarkable president in large part due to what he experienced and learned here.”
Lincoln Amphitheatre opened in 1987, with production of the musical “Young Abe Lincoln.” That show’s final season was in 2005.
The 1, 500-seat roofed amphitheatre is situated in historic and scenic Lincoln State Park, which is adjacent to the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, where the Lincoln farmstead is explored by hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.
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