Thursday, September 06, 2007

Return Engagement...

The Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia will be performing the Stephen Sondheim musical "Assassins" Sept. 13th-October 21st.
In what was be the greatest stroke of theatre event marketing,and in conjuction with the College of Physicians of Philadelphia are presenting something a little out of the ordinary for Opening Night.

The College of Physicians runs the Mutter Museum, which in the 19th century taught medical student s about anatomy, but today serves as a look at medical history past and present.There are over 20,000 items of medical interest to see.

Two of their exhibits include a portion of the brain of Charles Guiteau, assassin of James Garfield. Another is part of the thorax of Abraham Lincoln assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

And so for opening night, the brain of Guiteau and John Wilkes Booth's thorax will be on display in the Arden Theatre's lobby.

This will mark the first time since that night in April 1865 that any portion of John Wilkes Booth has been inside a theatre! As a history geek I find this extremely cool.

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