Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014.

The Widow Lincoln

Widow Lincoln

The Widow Lincoln
by James Still; directed by Stephen Rayne
January 23-February 22, 2015

Ridiculed and disdained for her perceived sense of entitlement, Mary Lincoln sparked more controversy than any First Lady before or since. Set during the weeks following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre, The Widow Lincoln portrays a very human Mary in the aftermath of her husband’s death as she mourns the post-war life they will never share. Playwright James Still (The Heavens Are Hung In Black) returns with an emotional drama that explores the tenacious attitudes and heartbreaking grief of the maligned “Mrs. President.”

Ford’s Theatre commissioned this world premiere as part of Ford’s 150, a series of events marking the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination.

Praise for James Still’s The Heavens Are Hung In Black:
“Engrossing! The work invites an audience to a fuller appreciation of the tortured spirit of the man.” –The Washington Post

Recommended for ages 12 and older. Complex language and ideas.

Please note: The January 28 performance is a private performance.

Thursday, January 29
The Widow Lincoln Meet and Mingle

Following the 7:30 p.m. performance of The Widow Lincoln, talk theatre with fellow audience members as well as playwright James Still, who will be on hand to discuss the production. This free event takes place at the restaurant Bistro D’Oc, located just across the street from Ford’s Theatre. A cash bar will be available.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Post-Performance Discussion with the National First Ladies Library
Following the 7:30 p.m. performance of The Widow Lincoln, join Pat Krider, Executive Director of the National First Ladies Library, for a post-performance discussion on the changing role of the First Ladies over the past 150 years.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Under 35 Night at The Widow Lincoln

Use the Under 35 discount to purchase a The Widow Lincoln ticket for Wednesday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. and after the performance, Ford’s invites you to stay late for a complimentary glass of wine. Hang out with like-minded young arts fans, meet new people and see the theatre in a brand new light.

James Still
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Production Sponsor: Fluor Corporation

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