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Lincoln & Davis Debate

A one act play about an unplanned for meeting of Lincoln (Mel Maurer) and Davis (John Fazio) during the Hampton Roads Conference in February, 1865. The two are discovered by a reporter, Franklin Boyd (William F.B. Vodrey), who, in asking them questions, precipitates a debate as to the causes and conduct of the Civil War.

Mel Maurer (center) as Abraham Lincoln, John Fazio (left) as Jefferson Davis, and William F.B. Vodrey (right) as a reporter

Mel Maurer (center) as Abraham Lincoln, John Fazio (left) as Jefferson Davis, and William F.B. Vodrey (right) as a reporter

John Fazio holds a B.A. and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Retired, after practicing law for forty-five years, he is a student of history, with a great emphasis on the Civil War. He has been president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and frequently speaks on the war and other subjects.  He has also published numerous articles on the war and has just published a book on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln that will be released in April 2015.

Mel Maurer is a retired executive of the Dana Corporation and a student of history. He is a past president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable as well as the Philosophical Club of Cleveland, and a member of the Titanic Historic Society. An Abraham Lincoln scholar, Mr. Maurer is a life-time member of the Lincoln Forum, attending its Symposium in Gettysburg every November.

William F.B. Vodrey, a magistrate of Cleveland Municipal Court, is a former president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable. He has long been interested in the Civil War, and has spoken on the subject to such organizations as the Andersonville Society, the Cleveland Grays, the Tuscarawas County Historical Society, the Western Reserve Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and numerous Civil War roundtables. His essay “George Washington: Hero of the Confederacy?” appeared in American History magazine. A graduate of Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Vodrey lives in Cleveland with his wife Susan and their three boys.