Necessary Sacrifices: New Play Explores Encounters Between Lincoln, Frederick Douglass
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The last date listed for Necessary Sacrifices was Friday February 17, 2012 / 7:30pm.
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Featured review from Judy Burnes
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This is an excellent play and is somewhat timely regarding the issues with the President and the congress. I thoroughly enjoyed the actors and thought they did a memorable job. I was so impressed with the character Lincoln who was able to explain what he was doing during the Civil War and why he was doing it. The Frederick Douglas character was quite articulate and very erudite - something I did not know about him from the history books.
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Excellent. The intercourse between the two characters made you look at events differently than you might have otherwise. Difficult decisions to make in an unstable time. There is also something about watching Lincoln at Ford's Theater that adds to...continued
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I took my 8 year old son to this event and we both enjoyed the venue and the play itself. It was our first time visiting the Ford theatre and we definitely intend to come back for other events. The show itself was very well written and acted. I...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“Hellesen has seeded [the play] with colorful Civil War details and anchored it to a lively, often humorous portrait of the president. Fleshing out the portrait is David Selby, an actor who is an old pro at this particular game, having depicted Honest Abe in Ford’s The Heavens Are Hung In Black. The plays conflicts turn not so much on personalities as on big ideas: What does leadership entail? Do suffering and sacrifices have pay-offs, in religious terms or otherwise? And what kind of country is American meant to be? Obviously, many of these issues resonate – and aggravate – in our own political landscape.” —Washington Post
“Selby’s manner and disposition are engaging and nearly irresistible. It’s a masterful performance that must be seen to be believed. In perfect counterpoint is Wallace as Douglass, who ferocious countenance and booming voice could shake the mess out of misery.” --DC Theatre Scene
“A breath-taking step back in history. Craig Wallace as Frederick Douglass provides a powerful performance. He is fiery and fierce … his performance is nothing short of thrilling. Selby creates Lincoln as a real man. The humanity of Lincoln exudes from every inch of Selby’s body. Necessary Sacrifices is an exceptional masterpiece of historical reality. Any historian would be amazed, and those who wish to see history at its liveliest should attend.” —Maryland Theatre Scene (5/5 stars)
Hellesen’s previous works for Ford’s Theatre include One Destiny, Investigation: Detective McDevitt and The Road from Appomattox, three gripping and insightful explorations of critical moments in Civil War history. The world premiere of this work will coincide with the opening of the Center for Education and Leadership, which will include new galleries exploring the immediate aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination and the evolution of his legacy.
“Lincoln and Douglass: two self-made men from humble beginnings who influenced a nation. Both envisioned a world of freedom and equality, but they did not always see eye to eye on how to achieve that vision. This play explores Lincoln and his legacy from Douglass’s point of view.” –Paul R. Tetreault, director, Ford’s Theatre
This play is recommended for ages 13 and up.