In the News & Reviews




"Fred Zilian, a history teacher at Portsmouth Abbey School ... impersonated Abraham Lincoln .... He drew more than 65 people to his discussion on Sunday, facing history-knowledgeable listeners who asked detailed questions about the Lincoln administration. He fielded them all." Newport Daily News, July 16, 2012.

"The White Horse Tavern, 26 Marlborough St., Newport, will present "Dinner with Abe Lincoln" featuring Dr. Fred Zilian, an author and dean of faculty at Portsmouth Abbey School, Thursday, February 18, at 7 pm. Zilian performs regularly in a one-man play, "Honest Abe;" he will speak in character about his life as well as offer his thoughts on current day America." 
Food Notes, Providence Journal, February 3, 2010.

"A remarkable man--Fred Zilian--local educator ... who has made a name for himself of late with his 'deep-voiced , elegant' (says The Providence Journal) and physically accurate portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln, brought his presidential persona to school last Thursday morning, Feb. 21."
The Open Door (St. Michael's Country Day School) Jan-Feb, 2008.

"The 16th president of the United States is a man characterized by his strong leadership, dedication and efforts to hold the country together in times of war, great distress and division. In anticipation of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth ... and to preserve this image of Lincoln, Fred Zilian  ... performed "Honest Abe," a one-man play, Tuesday night in the school's auditorium." 
"Emulation and Inspiration," Newport Daily News, February 13, 2008

"There may not be anything new to say about Abraham Lincoln, as Frederick Douglass once declared. But Frederick Zilian Jr. ... has developed untold ways to portray our 16th president."
"This Lincoln Is Driven," Providence Journal, February 5, 2008.

"One of his [Zilian's] proudest achievements is a 50-minute play he wrote and performs about Abraham Lincoln, called "Honest Abe," that focuses on his time as President."
"He Spreads the Ideas of Honest Abe," Sakonnet Times, January 10, 2008.

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