That evening, at around 10 p.m., as the play progressed, John Wilkes Booth slipped into Lincoln’s box and shot him in the back of the head with a .44 caliber Derringer. Booth’s escape was almost thwarted by Major Henry Rathbone, who was present in the Presidential box with Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln. Booth stabbed Rathbone when the startled officer lunged at him. Rathbone’s fiancée, Clara Harris, who was also present in the box, was unhurt.
Booth then jumped from the President’s box to the stage, where he raised his knife and shouted “Sic semper tyrannis” (Latin for “Thus always to tyrants,” attributed to Brutus at Caesar’s assassination and the Virginia state motto), while others said he added, “I have done it, the South is avenged!”
Daniel J Bell is thrilled to work with such an amazing cast. Although he is a local high school Physics teacher, he is no stranger to the stage. Favorite roles include Javert in Les Miserables and Officer Lockstock in Urinetown. Daniel would like to thank his wonderful and supportive wife and high school sweetheart Karen for all her support and for blessing him with three amazing little boys. Gus, Eric, and Winston, …. Daddy loves you!