The play explores the originally fractious relationship between the two great men as it develops over a two-year period. The intellectual and personal chemistry between the actors, both strong believers in classic American values and civil discourse, and both great admirers of Douglass and Lincoln, fuels the intensity of this historical re-creation.
The play is mostly based on factual history and actual speeches, but some “dramatic” liberty is taken to weave together the known history into a seamless dramatic presentation. The 45-minute play is commonly followed by a moderated discussion between the actors, audience, local luminaries, and leaders.
: While it could be said that this play is a celebration of these two men, it also captures their very real, often very cringy humanity and frailty, presenting them as complex, damaged, conflicted humans. The play was designed to demonstrate that civil discourse and collaboration are possible in even the most trying of times. Neither those seeking to lionize or demonize either of these two men will find it fully satisfying