John Wilkes Booth: eternally famous, and set down in every history book, for assassinating the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, in 1865.
Junius Booth: best known for…well, context tells us that he must be a relative of the famous John Wilkes Booth.
Edwin Booth: best known for, ummm, being another relative of John’s, I suppose.
Here’s how this family tree works: Junius was John’s father, and a stage star of his time. Edwin was John’s brother, and also a renowned actor. Junius the father and Edwin the brother are now mere footnotes in history. John Wilkes Booth, slacker and murderer, stands tall as a primary source. But it wasn’t always that way, as playwright Jake Broder (an actor in the play, as well as a regular on HBO’s “Silicon Valley”) lays out for us in the world premier of Our American Hamlet at Babson College’s Sorenson Center for the Arts.