Q: America seems locked in political stasis these days, and race seems to hide behind some coded language used in the presidential campaign, such as Newt Gingrich referring to President Obama as "the food stamp president." What perspectives does "Necessary Sacrifices" bring to this ongoing question of leadership on race and the uses of political power?
A: Yes, it seems as though history has not taught us much. Lincoln knew it would take time. They called him "the n - - - - r president." Go back to the Gettysburg Address to see what Lincoln called for: a new birth of freedom. We must be ever vigilant to Lincoln's "All men are created equal ..."
Lincoln stayed the course -- and was fatalistic about his fate. He carried the burdens and the promise of this country. He believed that the United States of America would show the world that it was not just a free country, but a great country."
Q: Talk about your cameo in the upcoming Tim Burton-directed "Dark Shadows" movie, starring Johnny Depp. How much of your attention is taken up with addressing the ongoing interest in the long-ago TV show (1966 to 1971) on which the movie is based?
A: I have a quick appearance in the "Dark Shadows" film -- if you blink you will miss it. They wanted to pay homage to the TV series and that was wonderful. Can't wait to see the film. Tim Burton's vision for "Dark Shadows" will be special. We had a great time in England -- Pinewood Studios -- at the filming. Great sets!
Warner's is putting 30 minutes back into a film I was in of "Dark Shadows" (1970) and it will come out this summer. I'll be in New York this summer for a few days with "Dark Shadows" promotions.
"Dark Shadows" will follow us for the duration. But that is not a bad thing. It was wonderful to be part of a show that has meant so much to so many and is still finding new fans. The Museum of Film and Television has honored the show and it will have a long shelf life. I expect if the new film is successful, there will be others.
WHAT: "Necessary Sacrifices"
WHEN: Through Feb. 18
WHERE: Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C.
TICKETS: $15 to $60. Visit ticketmaster.com.
WHAT ELSE: The play coincides with the opening of the Center for Education and Leadership, including new galleries on the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination and evolution of his legacy. Visit www.fords.org.
Reach Douglas Imbrogno at doug...@cnpapers.com or 304-348-3017.