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Video: Sacramento playwright Richard Hellesen marks 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination

Sacramento playwright Richard Hellesen is one of the key people behind the musical play “Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War” being presented at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C, as part of the commemoration of Lincoln’s assassination in 1865.
Sacramento playwright Richard Hellesen is one of the key people behind the musical play “Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War” being presented at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C, as part of the commemoration of Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. The Sacramento Bee

For the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre, site of that killing and a national historic site as well as working theater, is presenting the musical “Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.”

The script was adapted by Sacramento playwright Richard Hellesen. The following videos feature interviews with Hellesen, one as he talks about “Freedom’s Song,” the other as he discusses Lincoln and the Civil War and their importance to Americans today. The videos are used by permission of Ford’s Theatre.

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