The Rail Splitter is a play about Abraham Lincoln — except, really, it’s not. This is not your grandfather’s Abe Lincoln play. If anyone comes to this thinking they’re seeing an Abe Lincoln play, they’re making a mistake. The play follows a group of college students and a writer as they attempt to write a play about the 16th president. The students begin with the best intentions but get incredibly — and hilariously — off track. Their efforts go so wrong, so haywire, that the results are basically disastrous. The more they dig up, the more ridiculous their ideas become. Cleveland wrote this to show just how far people can get from a starting point. It’s a satire of the docudrama genre.
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