“Necessary Sacrifices,” a concert reading–style play by Richard Hellesen


  • Categories: Performance art
  • Event posted: Feb. 10, 2013
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

A new play about President Abraham Lincoln and African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass and their struggle to establish civil rights during the midst of the Civil War is coming to the Lawrence Arts Center a few days before President’s Day.

“Necessary Sacrifices” is a concert-reading-style play by Richard Hellesen, a playwright from Sacramento, Calif. Concert reading is a performance with little or no set, and the actors read from the script.

The play features Hawthorne James, a renowned African-American actor, as Douglass, and Peter Bretz, an actor, as Lincoln. It is helmed by award-winning director Peter Ellenstein.

James’ film and television career includes parts in Snoop Lion’s “Hood of Horrors,” “Speed,” “Seven,” “Stargate SG-1,” “Charmed,” “City of Angels,” “N.Y.P.D. Blue,” “Frasier,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and more. Bretz’s film roles include “Broadway's Finest,” “The Sopranos,” “Third Watch” and “Ghost Stories.”

The two-hour play will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets for adults are $10 and $5 for students.


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