Performances of Cherry Lane Theatre's world premiere production of Thomas Klingenstein's If Only recently began performances ahead of an August 27 opening night. Christopher McElroen directs the production, set to run through September 17.
The show is described as follows: "If Only...explores a love and a racial equality that might have been. In 1860 Abraham Lincoln came to New York City where he befriended a well-educated ex-slave, and a young, spirited woman from New York's social class. In the middle of the Civil War, Lincoln brought them together. A romantic relationship ensued but one that neither could acknowledge. Now, 36 years later they meet again. They long for each other. For what might have been had Lincoln lived. His assassination changed forever their fate and the fate of a nation."
Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prairie) stars in the production. She is joined by Mark Kenneth Smaltz, Richmond Hoxie, and Korinne Tetlow. If Only features scenic design by William Boles, costume design by Kimberly Manning, lighting design by Becca Jeffords, sound design by Andy Evan Cohen, and properties design by Carrie Mossman. Casting by Stephanie Klapper.
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