Necessary Sacrifices


In his fourth commission for 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 assertion that “all men are created equal.”

Presented by Ford's Theatre Society

Show Type
Running Time
120 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges

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Box Office Phone: 202-347-4833

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 01/25/2012 - 02/18/2012
Sunday 02:00pm07:30pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday 07:30pm--
Wednesday 07:30pm--
Thursday 07:30pm--
Friday 07:30pm--
Saturday 02:00pm07:30pm-
Important Dates

Extra Performances

  • 02/02/2012 - 12:00pm
  • 02/09/2012 - 11:00am
  • 02/06/2012 - 7:00pm

Dark Days

  • 02/08/2012 (All day)
  • 02/05/2012 - 7:30pm
  • 02/12/2012 - 7:30pm

Sold Out Performances

  • 01/25/2012 - 7:30pm


  • 02/04/2012 - 2:00pm
  • 02/09/2012 - 7:30pm


  • 01/31/2012 - 7:30pm
  • 02/11/2012 - 2:00pm
Performer Role
Craig Wallace Frederick Douglass
David Selby Abraham Lincoln
Michael Kramer George Stearns
Tony Donaldson, Jr. Violinist
Thomas Booker Violinist
Production Personnel
Richard Hellesen
Jennifer L. Nelson
Costume Designer
Helen Huang
Set Designer
James Kronzer
Sound Designer
John Gromada
Lighting Designer
Dan Covey
John Gromada


Ford's Theatre
511 Tenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Getting There

  • Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Green/Yellow/Red Lines)
  • Metro Center (Blue/Orange/Red Lines)


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages
  • Paid lot


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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Interview with Playwright Richard Hellesen