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My Sprig of Lilac: remembering Abraham Lincoln

Pat Perrin, Wim Coleman (author), Dominic Catalano (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781939656544

The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was killed by an assassins bullet on April 15, 1865. Lincoln preserved the union of the nation, but after the Civil War he struggled with Congress and the people over Reconstruction. Despite the war and political strife, Lincolns life and legacy touched the hearts and souls of millions then as it does today. This play draws from the writings of many of those people and from Lincoln himself.

A Slave's Education in Courage: the life of Frederick Douglass

Pat Perrin, Wim Coleman (authors), Damien Ward (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781939656391

In 1845, Frederick Douglass's first autobiography became a bestseller. Many readers could not believe that such a brilliant writer was ever a slave. When Douglass wrote the book, slavery had not yet ended so he kept secret how he escaped from Maryland. By 1881, the Civil War had ended slavery and Douglass felt the time was right to reveal how he escaped. This play is adapted from Douglass's own words from The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.