Two verse plays that begin with the inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln and end with his assassination. LINCOLN is backgrounded by the entire length of the Civil War; portraits of Stanton, Lee, Meade, Grant, and other principals; and numbers of common soldiery. Epic in size, the plays are also noted for their accuracy and the "trenchant driving rhythms" of the verse.
"You found a trenchant, driving rhythm for the verse, something that is all your own. It wasn't imposed on the characters: it spoke for them."
- Christopher Fry
"...very possibly a major American play."
- Robert Farley
"I consider Robert Manns one of the most talented...playwrights in the generation not yet recognized by the commercial theater...His choice of style is unique; his imagination boundless; and his dedication intense. And I belive he has a real gift for the theater."
- Alan Schneider