Norm Lewis and Stephen Lang Will Reenact Presidential Debate

News   Norm Lewis and Stephen Lang Will Reenact Presidential Debate
 
Fellow Tony nominees Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess, Phantom of the Opera) and Stephen Lang (Hamlet, "Avatar") will perform together for a one-night-only reading event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Norm Lewis
Norm Lewis

Lang and Lewis will star as Lincoln and Douglass, respectively, for the reading scheduled for Feb. 13 at 6 PM at the Met.

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 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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