Ford’s Theatre announced Thursday that Craig Wallace will play Frederick Douglass in the new production “Necessary Sacrifices.”

Craig Wallace will play Frederick Douglass at Ford's Theater (Courtesy of Ford's Theatre)

Wallace, a Shakespeare actor and theatre professor, is familiar to Washington audiences, having played in almost all the theaters around town and from the Ford’s productions of “Sabrina” and “Jitney.” He was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for his role in “Angels in America Part 2” at Signature Theatre.

“Necessary Sacrifices’” by Richard Hellesen follows the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Douglass in the summers of 1863 and 1864 when they had 2 documented conversations about slavery. The play was commissioned by Ford’s and will have its world premiere starting Jan. 26. Jennifer L. Nelson, an administrator at Fords’s, is the director.

Because of the cancellations, the play has been extended through Feb. 18.

Lincoln is played by veteran David Selby. Michael Kramer plays abolitionist George Stearns.