Norm Lewis and Stephen Lang Reenact the Heated Presidential Debate That Should Have Happened

News   Norm Lewis and Stephen Lang Reenact the Heated Presidential Debate That Should Have Happened
 
Fellow Tony nominees Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess, Phantom of the Opera) and Stephen Lang (Hamlet, "Avatar") perform together as Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, respectively, for a one-night-only Feb. 13 reading at the Metropolitan Museum of Art today

Norm Lewis
Norm Lewis

In The Unknown "Lincoln-Douglass" Debate, historian Harold Holzer places Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass in the public debate that never actually eventuated, using words from their correspondence and commentary; and illustrated by period images.

According to the Metropolitan Museum, "Though they met at the White House several times and regularly exchanged views, Lincoln and African-American leader Frederick Douglass never publicly argued the crucial issues of slavery, freedom, and racial justice. This is the Lincoln-Douglass debate that never happened; in this performance piece—using words from their actual correspondence and commentary, illustrated by period paintings, photographs, and sculpture—historian Harold Holzer brings Lincoln and Douglass face-to-face for an unprecedented confrontation."

The Unknown “Lincoln-Douglass” Debate was presented at the museum last February, also performed by Lang and Lewis.

The reading will take place at 6PM The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For tickets, visit metmuseum.org/tickets or call (212) 570-3949.

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