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.