Dreyfuss, De Shields, Chalfant and Lang Will Re-Create Lincoln's "Right Makes Might" Speech

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A host of theatre actors will take part in a re-creation of Abraham Lincoln's famed "Right Makes Might" speech Feb. 25 at Cooper Union.
Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Lincoln Scholar Harold Holzer will introduce the evening, which begins at 6:30 PM in The Great Hall. Among those scheduled to participate are Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Richard Dreyfuss, Tony nominee and Emmy and Obie Award winner André De Shields, Tony nominee and Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Kathleen Chalfant and Tony nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Stephen Lang. Michael Unger will direct the evening, which will be filled with period music.

The "Right Makes Might" speech, according to press notes, is "widely considered the turning point for the still-obscure Illinois senator. Lincoln’s forceful appearance at The Cooper Union in February 1860 is credited with helping him secure the nomination for president. His stirring speech has proven to be one of the most influential presentations ever given in The Great Hall, a peerless host of American culture and political discourse."

The Great Hall, located in The Foundation Building of The Cooper Union, is located at 7 East 7th Street, between 3rd and 4th Aves. The performance is free; however, tickets are required. Ticket distribution will begin at 4 PM on event day in front of The Foundation Building on a first-come, first-served basis, one ticket per person.

For more information visit http://www.cooper.edu.

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