Ford's Theatre brings together two historical icons

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 29, 2012 10:57 AM |

In a work commissioned by 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's assertion that "all men are created equal." Jennifer L. Nelson directs the production starring David Selby as Lincoln. To Feb. 12. Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Tickets are $15 to $45. Call 800-982-2787 or visit

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