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FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTS' DAY PROGRAMMING FOR FEB. 18, 2013

Events include student oratory performances, ranger programs, Tales of the Lincoln with storyteller Jon Spelman and performances of One Destiny

Political Satirist Mark Russell plays special one-night engagement

Washington, D.C.— Ford’s Theatre Society celebrates Presidents’ Day on February 18, 2013 with special programming sponsored by BP America. Visitors may attend ranger talks and performances of One Destiny, a one-act play about Abraham Lincoln and the events of the assassination; explore the Ford’s Theatre Museum and Center for Education and Leadership, including a temporary exhibition titled Torn in Two, which features maps and political cartoons from the Civil War era; listen to master storyteller Jon Spelman explain the many myths of Abraham Lincoln; and hear a dynamic performance of select Lincoln speeches by members of the Ford’s Theatre Youth Leaders Ensemble.

Additionally, piano-playing political satirist Mark Russell will perform a special one-night engagement at 7 p.m. Known for skewering Democrats and Republicans alike, Russell’s unique brand of comedy earned him the Mark Twain Award for political comedy and has made him a popular favorite on PBS. Tickets range $20 to $64 and are available for purchase through Ticketmaster at http://www.fords.org/event/evening-mark-russell or by calling (800) 982-2787 (Ticketmaster fees apply).

Daytime Entry Tickets
Daytime entry to the Ford’s Theatre campus (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership) occurs on the hour, starting at 9 a.m. Tickets are required for daytime entry and available free of charge at the Ford’s Theatre box office on Feb. 18, or may be reserved through Ticketmaster at www.fords.org or by calling (800) 982-2787 (Ticketmaster fees apply). Groups of 15 or more may reserve in advance by contacting Group Sales at groups@fords.org or (202) 638-2367.

Mark Russell
February 18, 2013, at 7 p.m.
Ford’s Theatre (511 Tenth Street NW)

Campaign season may be over, but the laughs keep on coming. Piano-playing political satirist Mark Russell returns to Ford’s Theatre with material ripped from today’s headlines. Known for skewering Democrats and Republicans alike, Russell’s unique brand of comedy earned him the Mark Twain Award for political comedy and has made him a popular favorite on PBS. Long before Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, there was Mark Russell, daring to joke and sing of the often absurd political process. Tickets available at http://www.fords.org/event/evening-mark-russell and Ticketmaster (800) 982-2787.

Torn in Two: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War
Center for Education and Leadership (514 Tenth Street NW)
Second Floor Gallery
Through February 24, 2013

Featuring period maps along with prints, photographs, political cartoons, letters and other artifacts, this exhibition explores the causes of the Civil War as well as how it is remembered. Part of the Civil War 150 commemoration. Located on the second floor of the Center for Education and Leadership.

Daytime Programming, February 18, 2013
9 a.m.
Ford’s Theatre Museum opens

9:30 a.m.
Ranger Talk in Theatre.
Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership open.

10:30 a.m.
One Destiny Performance in Theatre

Learn about Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there. Actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped? This 35-minute presentation explores the key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that fateful night. Featuring costumed actors.

11:30 a.m.
One Destiny Performance in Theatre

Learn about Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there. Actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped? This 35-minute presentation explores the key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that fateful night. Featuring costumed actors.

12:30 p.m.
Student Oratory Presentation in Theatre

The Ford’s Theatre Youth Leaders Ensemble will give a dynamic performance of “The Unfinished Work,” based on some of Abraham Lincoln’s greatest speeches.

1:30 p.m.
Student Oratory Presentation in Theatre

The Ford’s Theatre Youth Leaders Ensemble will give a dynamic performance of “The Unfinished Work,” based on some of Abraham Lincoln’s greatest speeches.

2:30 p.m.
Tales of the Lincoln with Jon Spelman
Center for Education and Leadership (514 Tenth Street NW)
Fifth Floor Studios

Explore the myth and legend of Abraham Lincoln with storyteller Jon Spelman. In this captivating exploration of our 16th president, Spelman recounts tales about Lincoln and some of the stories Lincoln told about himself. Learn how President Lincoln used “t-mail” to direct his generals during the Civil War. Hear how 13-year-old Abe won a “talking contest” against a grown man. Learn about Lincoln’s dream that predicted his own death.

3:30 p.m.
Ranger Talk in Theatre (511 Tenth Street NW)
A National Park Service Ranger educates audiences about Civil War Washington and the events of April 14, 1865.

4:30 p.m.
Theatre walk-through. Final ticketed entry for the day.

5 p.m.
Ford’s Theatre and Museum close. Petersen House and Center remain open until 5:30 p.m.

Ford’s Theatre Society
One of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital, Ford’s Theatre reopened its doors in 1968, more than a hundred years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Operated through a partnership between Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in the nation’s capital to explore and celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression.

The mission of Ford’s Theatre Society is to celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and explore the American experience through theatre and education. For its accomplishments, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given by the U.S. government to artists, arts institutions and arts patrons.

Since the arrival of Paul R. Tetreault as Director, critics and the theatregoing public have recognized Ford’s Theatre Society for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works from the nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Liberty Smith and Necessary Sacrifices, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the American theatre landscape.

In 2006, the mission of Ford’s Theatre Society expanded to include education as a central pillar. This expansion led to the creation and construction of the Center for Education and Leadership, which opened in February 2012. The new Center brings the values and ideals of Lincoln from the past into the present, examining Lincoln’s multi-faceted legacy through exhibits, workshops, seminars and speakers, as well as community outreach programs.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Beyea at lbeyea@fords.org or (202) 434-9543