Cape Fear Community College Theater presents ‘Our Leading Lady


Cape Fear Community College’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents ‘Our Leading Lady’ by Charles Busch.

In April 1865, Laura Keene, a famous actress/manager, performed in Washington, DC during the week the Civil War was ending. Despite a mad rush of bickering behind the scenes, ambitious Laura does everything she can to get President Lincoln to attend his closing party. Her grand plans go awry, as Laura and her theater troupe collide with history as a certain member of the notorious Booth family interrupts the performance.

Continued:This historic Southport theater houses the ghosts of the past while dreaming of the future

Jessica Gaffney, theater program chair, is director and producer and Emma Fullen, theater student, will be assistant director. Benjamin Weinert-Lishner, theater teacher, will design the sets and lights. The stage team is made up of students. Kyle Wellman is the theater arts technician and Chloe Chafetz, assistant theater teacher, is the costume designer.

“I have known for a long time that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by an actor while watching a play. I never thought about the impact of the assassination on the actors who performed for him that night. Gaffney said, “This play forced me and my students to examine the lives of very real people performing on that ill-fated night at Ford’s Theatre.”

Want to go?

What: Play “Our Principal Lady”

When: April 21-23, 28-30 at 7 p.m.

Or: Wilson Center at CFCC, 703 N. Third St., Wilmington

Tickets: $5 students, $10 CFCC faculty and staff, and $12 general public; available at


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