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Wits’ End Theatre presents Abraham Lincoln for the Defense

Performances on:

  • Friday, February 23: 7:30pm
  • Saturday, February 24: 7:30pm
  • Friday, March 2: 7:30pm
  • Saturday, March 3: 7:30pm

Potter Auditorium, doors open at 6:30pm for seating and concessions

General Admission - $15 in advance or in the night of

It’s a dramatic story.  A man attacked and killed in the dark of night.  A widow’s son accused of the murder.  A jury trial that will decide whether the boy hangs.  Now add the most interesting part—Abraham Lincoln defends the young man at trial—and you have a fascinating tale.

In historic Potter Auditorium, Wits' End Theatre will bring that story to the stage, in a new play, written and to be directed by Chatfield native Joe Chase. “It was Lincoln’s most famous trial,” says Chase, “and one of his last.”  The defendant was a young man named William “Duff” Armstrong.   Duff’s mother, Hannah, was Lincoln’s old friend.  When Duff was charged with the 1857 murder of James Preston Metzker, Hannah asked Lincoln to defend the boy.


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Danika & The Jeb
Later Event: February 27
Gopher Showcase