The play opens in a sparsely furnished boarding-house room. As Lincoln will point out later, the place has no running water, and the only bathroom is down the hall. Booth sits alone, practicing three-card monte with a cardboard playing board laid across two milk crates. He is clearly inexperienced and keeps stuttering as he plays, pretending to hustle someone for $500 and then running from imaginary cops. Lincoln enters the room, dressed like Abraham Lincoln in a long coat, top hat, and beard, with white powder on his face. Booth is distracted by his card game and startles when Lincoln appears behind him in the apartment. Surprised by Lincoln’s strange attire, Booth leaps to his feet,...
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