One Destiny
By Richard Hellesen


Washington, D.C. – The Ford’s Theatre Society offers evening performances of the one-act play One Destiny by Richard Hellesen June 11-July 6, 2013. One Destiny was commissioned by the Ford’s Theatre Society to bring the drama and emotion of the American Civil War to life through informative and entertaining theatre. This unique 35-minute play captures the emotions of that fateful night in 1865, as told through the eyewitness accounts of actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford, among others. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped?

Starting June 11, evening performances run Tuesdays through Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. (except July 4), and Wednesdays through Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. (except July 4). There will be performances Monday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

One Destiny was honored with The Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theatre Community in 2011, and celebrated its 500th performance in June 2012. The performance is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

One Destiny
By Richard Hellesen; Directed by Mark Ramont

Learn about Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there. This 35-minute presentation at Ford’s Theatre explores the key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that fateful night. Featuring costumed actors.

Performances of One Destiny
One Destiny runs Tuesday through Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (except July 4); Wednesdays through Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. (except July 4); and Monday, July 1, at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Performances begin 15 minutes after entry to the theatre.

Tickets for One Destiny
Tickets are required for all performances of One Destiny. Tickets are $7.50 in advance or $5.00 the day of the performance. Tickets can be reserved through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or by visiting Ticketmaster fees apply. Groups of 15 or more may reserve discounted tickets by calling (202) 638-2367.

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.

The Ford’s Theatre Society was founded under the guidance of executive producer Frankie Hewitt, who, during her 35-year tenure, established Ford’s as a living, working theatre producing performances that highlighted the diversity of the American experience. Since the arrival of Paul R. Tetreault as Director, critics and the theatregoing public have recognized Ford’s 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. Under the leadership of Wayne R. Reynolds, Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus (Chairman  2007 to 2012), 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. Currently, under the leadership of Board of Trustees Chairman Eric A. Spiegel, Ford’s enters a second phase of strategic planning to ensure the organization’s place as a national destination for exploring Lincoln’s legacy and the American experience through the intersection of history, performance and education.