Necessary Sacrifices
Jan. 20-Feb. 12, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012 @7:00pm - Sunday, February 12, 2012 @11:00pm

In his fourth commission for Ford’s Theatre, playwright Richard Hellesen explores the two documented encounters between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln during a period of national crisis. As Lincoln searches for a way to end slavery in the summers of 1863 and 1864, Douglass’s rhetoric and conviction challenges the president to envision a post-emancipation world. Together, the men imagine not only a unified nation but a society that brings truth to the Declaration of Independence assertion that "all men are created equal."