Melissa Gilbert will star in the off-Broadway premiere of If Only.
Melissa Gilbert will star in the off-Broadway premiere of If Only.
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Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prairie) will return to the stage in the world premiere of If Only by Thomas Klingenstein. The off-Broadway run, presented by the American Vicarious, will run August 19-September 17 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Christopher McElroen directs.

Joining Gilbert in the company are Mark Kenneth Smaltz, Richmond Hoxie, and Korinne Tetlow. If Only will have scenic design by William Boles, costume design by Kimberly Manning, lighting design by Becca Jeffords, and sound design by Andy Evan Cohen, and properties design by Carrie Mossman.

If Only is described as follows: "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."

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