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The Guard

The Guard (World Premiere)
By Jessica Dickey; Directed by Sharon Ott 
September 25-October 18, 2015

A play about the permanence of art and the impermanence of life…

"Punch lines fly! This group scores with the comedy…. They also deftly render the reflective, delicate nature of The Guard." -The Washington Post
"Five stars! Brilliant!" -DC Metro Theatre Arts
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In this world-premiere comedic drama, playwright Jessica Dickey paints shimmering portraits of Rembrandt, Homer and those who protect the art we cherish. The play opens in a modern-day art museum where three individuals yearn to experience first-hand the wonder and glory of Rembrandt’s work. When a museum guard decides to touch a famous Rembrandt painting, a remarkable journey across the ages ensues. Spanning centuries of human experience, The Guard movingly explores the power of creative expression and the sacrifices we make in the pursuit of love and beauty.

Jessica Dickey and The Guard are recipients of the National Theatre Conference’s 2015 Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award, an award celebrating outstanding emerging playwrights.

Recommended for ages 16 and older. Features profanity, mature themes and references to sex.

Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Ford’s Theatre commissioned The Guard as part of the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The festival, which boasts participation from more than 50 theatres throughout the Nation’s Capital region, is dedicated to featuring new work by female playwrights and highlighting the scope of plays being written by women.

Teacher Preview
Commissioning the Piece & The Mythology of Rembrandt
Thursday, October 1

Following the performance, join playwright Jessica Dickey and the former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, Georgetown professor Dr. Cynthia P. Schneider, for a post-show discussion. Dickey will discuss the creative process of creating a commissioned new play, and Dr. Schneider will shed light on how Rembrandt and the Old Masters are portrayed in popular culture.

Member Appreciation Night
October 2

All members enjoy a special thank you gift and save 20% on tickets for the evening performance, and are also invited to attend the Meet and Mingle after the show.

Meet and Mingle
October 2
Following the performance, talk theatre with fellow audience members and members of the cast at Bistro D’Oc, located just across the street from Ford’s Theatre. A cash bar will be available.

Driven: Trailblazing Women of the Entertainment Industry
October 5 at 7 p.m.

Join leaders in the field for a frank discussion about how they thrive in a culture driven by men. Part of The Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Tickets are free but required.

Under 35 Night
October 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Patrons younger than 35 can purchase discounted tickets, then stay afterwards for a complimentary glass of beer or wine. Hang out with like-minded young arts fans, meet new people and see the theatre in a brand new light.

Post-Performance Discussion: Art Begets Art 
October 8

Following the 7:30 p.m. performance, join playwright Jessica Dickey and Ford’s Theatre Director of Artistic Programming Patrick Pearson for a discussion on how artists can use existing art as inspiration for new work.

Student Matinee
October 15 at 11 a.m.
All Student Matinees include a 20-minute post-show discussion, plus a Teacher Preview and Workshop that introduces the play and gives educators resources for teaching social studies and ELA themes using theatrical experiences.

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Artistic Team

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Study Guide

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Production Sponsor: KPMG LLP, ConocoPhillips
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Please note: September 30 is a private performance.

Photo of Kathryn Tkel and Tim Getman by Gary Erskine.

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