Check out this play…it is a heart pounding leap back in to history!
Playwright Richard Hellesen explores the two documented encounters between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln during a period of national crisis. During the summers of 1863 and 1864, Douglass challenges Lincoln to use his power as president to bring truth to America’s founding ideal that “all men are created equal.”
“This nation cannot excel half-equal and half-unequal. To accept that would be merely to remove our shackles from our legs, clean and polish them, and put them right back on. This work must be done, and done forever.” Frederick Douglass in Necessary Sacrifices.
As we know in today’s American society we still try bandaging the problem vs. resolving the problem……in some ways we are still enslaved. I SAID IT!
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.
Check it out….
By Richard Hellesen
Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson
January 25-February 18, 2012
In his fourth commission for Ford’s Theatre
Aisha KeysCraze Chameleon Studio, LLC