Suzan-Lori Parks: What is it about Lincoln that hooks me first?  It’s his costume.  That’s not irreverent or dissing Lincoln. You know what I’m saying?  It’s his costume: the hat, the beard, the height.  This is from a person who as a child was very drawn to mythic characters.  So the hat, the beard, the height, I think that that has burned itself in the imagination of the universe in a very deep way, and even if he had been just — I don’t know.  Then the other things around it I think — I don’t know — but I think that we can’t dismiss that, because all the world’s a stage, and the costume is very, very important. And he freed the slaves and whoo! You can imagine that.  There they go, running free.