(From the publisher):
Once upon a time there was a theme park called the Great Hole of History. It was a popular spot for honeymooners who, in search of "post-nuptual excitement," would visit this hole and watch the daily historical parades. One of these visitors was a man who has now come to call himself The Foundling Father. He was a digger by trade--a grave digger--and he was struck by the size of the Hole and the pageantry of the place. He returns home with his wife, Lucy, a woman who keeps secrets for the dead, and together they start a mourning business. Unfortunately, our hero can't get the Great Hole pageantry out of his head; the echoes of history speak to him and call him to greatness. At rise we meet this Foundling Father. He has left his wifef and child and gone out west to dig a huge replica of the Great Hole of History. In the hole sits our hero dressed like Abraham Lincoln, complete with beard, wart, frock coat and stove pipe hat. He tells us the story of his life and how he became a very successful Abraham Lincoln impersonator. He's so successful that people actually pay a penny to re-enact Lincoln's assassination, using our imposter-hero and a phony gun. Eventually the Foundling Father dies and the second act sees his wife Lucy and 35-year-old son, Brazil, a professional weeper, visit the Hole to dig for the Father's remains. Listening to the past through her deaf-horn, the mother hears echoes of gunshots and lurid stageshows. When they find the Foundling Father's body (he's alive) they decide they have to lay him to rest for good. In the play's last image, the son leaves the Hole of History while The Foundling Father sits starkly on his own coffin, dead but unburied.
Original title: The America Play
Genre: Drama and Plays→ American