Lincoln and Frederick Douglass Take the Stage

In 2012, Washington D.C. Ford’s Theatre commissioned playwright Richard Hellesen to create a historical drama; the result is his Necessary Sacrifices, a fanciful play that imagines what might have occurred during the two meetings Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass had in their lives. What really occurred when these two dynamic men met will never be known, but Hellesen gathered historical documents, letters, newspaper quotes and a good deal of Lincoln and Douglass’s written work to present a convincing replica of the fireworks that might have been ignited during their discussions. The Taproot Theatre, employing the immensely talented Lamar Legend as Douglass and Ted Rooney as Lincoln now stages the play’s West Coast Premiere.