Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t

The Chicago Premiere of

Written by Bixby Elliot
Directed by Andrew Volkoff

Previews: JUNE 5th thru JUNE 7th | Regular Run: JUNE 11th thru JULY 5TH
Thursdays thru Saturdays @ 7:30p | Saturday and Sunday matinees @ 3:00p


The past and present collide in this time-hopping, pop music-infused quest as 17 year old Cal sets out to uncover the colorful truth about his favorite president. ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T is a clever, touching and unapologetically gay comedy about history, truth and what it means to be a hero…then and now.

Dana Black
Matt Farabee
Jessie Fisher*
Lane Flores
Nathan Hosner*
and Derrick Trumbly*
The production team includes:
Helen Lattyak* (stage manager)
Brian Prather (scenic design)
Bob Kuhn (costume design)
John Kelly (lighting design)
Jeffrey Levin (sound design)
and Michael Stanfill (projections design)

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers

PREVIEWS: Adults $20 | Students + Seniors $10
Adults $35 | Students + Seniors $20

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Ave. in Chicago

For Tickets, use the button below or call The Greenhouse Theater Center
box office at (773)404-7336


This production made possible in part by support from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation.
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What critics are saying:

“This is a very smart and kind piece of writing performed by actors well aware that real human lives (be they of the 21st century or the 19th) have to play out amid any drama of American politicized historicism…Hosner is an imposing actor with a gentle intelligence about him, and his Lincoln really is very moving, beard and all.”
– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

CRITIC’S PICK…thoroughly imaginative, delightfully theatrical…perfectly cast.”
– Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

“ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T rises above its provocative title to be an engaging, shrewd and commanding piece of theater. I would go see this again in a second.
– Stephen Best, Times Square Chronicles

RECOMMENDED The high point is the acting…nuanced and detailed performances…sweet and touching.”
– Alex Huntsberger, Newcity Chicago

“The construction of Abraham Lincoln Was A F*gg*t is a structural marvel…In dismantling the idea of Abraham Lincoln, About Face Theatre does what is uncomfortable for the betterment of us all. And isn’t that what courage is all about?”
– Kevin Greene, Chicago Stage Standard

“For the audience this roller-coaster staging by Andrew Volkoff [pays] off in real-time thrill-peaking.
– Lawrence Bommer, Stage & Cinema


Sunday Symposiums:
After the show, behind the themes.

As part of our mission to facilitate dialogue around LGBTQIA issues, we will be hosting a series of weekly post-show discussions around the topics of history, LGBTQIA mentors, language and more!


The “F” Word

Sunday, June 7th
& Sunday, June 14th

This discussion will explore the evolution of words and language as it pertains to the LGBT community. We will take a look in how the rejection and/or ownership of different words within a minority groups plays a role in the advancement of civil rights, power and acceptance.

Moderator: Andrew Volkoff
AFT Artistic Director, Director ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T


Bixby Elliot

Tracy Baim (June 7th)
Publisher & Executive Editor, Windy City Times

Philip Dawkins (June 14th)
Who the *BLEEP* was Abraham Lincoln?! (What history does and does not tell us.)

Sunday, June 21st

In this discussion, we consider the man under the stovepipe hat. How much do we really know about him and was he really gay? We’ll also consider how history creates images of our most celebrated leaders and what nuances are inevitably edited or lost over time.

Moderator: Becky Huinker
AFT Board Member


Russell Lewis
Chief Historian, Chicago History Museum

Megan Carney
Director, UIC Gender & Sexuality Center
Why coming out still matters.

Sunday, June 28th

Progress towards equality and civil rights for LGBT people has gained more momentum in that last few years than perhaps ever before in our nation’s history. In this discussion, we will consider the importance of visibility, mentorship and why coming out still matters as well as explore “mission accomplished”-style threats faced by minority movements, particularly in the wake of highly publicized civil rights wins.

Moderator: Rebecca Ehrmann
AFT Youth Task Force Member


Allen Ratliff, LCSW
Director of Clinical Programs, Youth Service Project

Ariel Guerra
GSA President, Kenwood High School

Jakima Pitts
GSA Vice President, Kenwood High School