This free theatrical style program is presented as a casual conversation between President Lincoln, portrayed by Lincoln Impersonator George Buss (who has previously appeared on C-Span, the Lincoln Forum, and countless Civil War reenactments), and folklorist Chris Vallillo (Illinois State Scholar for the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit on roots music).
The performance is presented as a casual conversation between Lincoln and Vallillo, discussing Lincoln's gifts as a communicator and the way he used those skills for the betterment of mankind throughout his lifetime. In the midst of the conversation, Vallillo will perform period music to illustrate Lincoln's point and Lincoln will quote passages from some of his favorite speeches.
After years of appearing at the same events separately, Vallillo and Buss decided to join forces in this new performance.
"George is a natural Lincoln interpreter," Vallillo said. "His ability to interact with the music and conversation made this a perfect collaboration."
Vallillo will perform on the guitar, bottleneck slide Dobro, banjo and jaw harp, while Buss will present his narrative using Lincoln’s own words from speeches and letters.