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The Widow Lincoln

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

“A powerful theatrical experience!” -DC Metro Theatre Arts
“Poetic!” -Washington Examiner
“Beautiful, with stunning visual effects!” -Broadway World
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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.

“Washington loves a good mystery —something with hidden intrigues and with rich human drama and  anger — especially in the ultimate high-stakes setting of the White House. There’s one real-life Washington mystery that has been shrouded for 150 years, not in secrecy but indifference, perhaps. What happened to Mary Todd Lincoln in the 40 days after her husband, President Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated the night of April 15, 1865?” Read more of The Washington Beacon’s interview with Still.

“Mary Lincoln is both magnetic and appalling, both tragic and triumphant. … I’m passionate about trying to understand her within the structures of the time she lived, and I’ve found the facts about her to be liberating as a writer. She is someone who always is capable of surprise. Writing about her has only made me want to know her more.”
-James Still, Playwright of The Widow Lincoln

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 and Anita McBride, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush and Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University 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 ticket to The Widow Lincoln 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 or beer. Hang out with like-minded young arts fans, meet new people and see the theatre in a brand new light.

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Production Sponsor: Fluor Corporation

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo Mary Bacon as Mary Lincoln in "The Widow Lincoln" by Carol Rosegg. Photo of Mary Bacon as Mary Lincoln by Scott Suchman.

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