CHARLOTTE — The Queen City Theatre Company brings its “Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party” to the Queen City from Aug. 16-25 at Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.

Each of the three acts gives audience members the opportunity to see the story from different characters’ viewpoint. And, to make things more interesting, the audience decides in what order the acts are performed. Of course, top hats and beards abound during this presentation as prejudice, both past and present, are depicted and explored.

The story surrounds a fourth-grade Christmas pageant in Lincoln’s rural Illinois hometown which sets off a firestorm of controversy when it calls into question Honest Abe’s sexuality. When the most beloved homegrown hero is “outed,” a thought-provoking, laugh-out-loud funny and uniquely American story unfolds, offering surprises at every turn as the trial of the century begins, big city reporters and congressional candidates descend, and family skeletons are forced out of the closet.

The off-Broadway hit was written by Aaron Loeb.

Tickets are $22-24 with discounts for students and seniors. A special discounted performance will be held on Aug. 21.

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