A Meeting of Men
In the very theater where he was shot and the last breathes from his body began to escape him out into a world that he helped to shape, his life and perspective will be remembered again in connection to one of the greatest advocates for equality in American history. January 26 through February 18 the Ford’s Theatre Society presents the world premiere of the newly commissioned play Necessary Sacrifices. According to press notes, the play explores the two documented White House encounters between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln in 1863 and 1864 during a period of national crisis. In this theatrical conceptualization of these meetings between Lincoln and Douglass they delved into critical issues of union and equality that challenged Lincoln throughout his presidency. Written by Richard Hellesen and directed by Jennifer L. Nelson, the production stars David Selby as Abraham Lincoln and Craig in the role of Frederick Douglass.
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