The Brightest Light by Diana Howie is a play that follows the
seemingly-parallel lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr until their
duel. Audience members were intrigued: "Puts politics today in a whole new
perspective." "Powerful!" "This should be playing all the time in
Washington, if people there can stand the truth."
The director of New Play Development at the Alley Theatre wrote that "The
Brightest Light is an absorbing play that transcends being an American
history lesson spanning the pre-Revolutionary War Era through Hamilton's death
with the Republic's birth pangs chronicled in between. This is not a black and
white portrayal: heroes and founding fathers become elusive terms that must be
re-examined under new historical filters -- most especially in relation to
Hamilton, Burr, Washington and others of that era."
The Brightest Light is published by Playscripts, Inc., and can be