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Ford's Theatre
at E Street NW 511 Tenth Street NW Washington, DC 20004
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 64 members
Review from Patricia Maclay
Red Velvet 36 events 12 reviews

A must see for all! Addressing timeless issues upon which we all need to dwell, this play offers unique portrayals of both Douglas and Lincoln and suggests how we might better work/compromise in order to achieve peace for all peoples. Would...continued

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Review from Jan Forey
4 events 2 reviews

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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Review from Goldstar Member
2 events 2 reviews

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

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“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.

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