FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 SEASON

Highlights Include Co-Production with Signature Theatre
Second Year of The Lincoln Legacy Project


Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault announced the Theatre’s 2012-2013 season, a lineup that includes a dynamic story of the Tuskegee Airmen as the second-year offering of The Lincoln Legacy Project; the return of Michael Baron’s celebrated production of A Christmas Carol; a 75th-anniversay production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town; and an American musical classic co-produced with Arlington’s Signature Theatre. Tickets go on sale to members and groups on August 6; the public can purchase tickets beginning August 20. Ford’s also presents the History on Foot walking tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt from September to October 2012 and March through August 2013. The Society also plans to continue its popular daytime one-act production One Destiny by Richard Hellesen in the spring of 2013.

A complete programming schedule for this year’s Lincoln Legacy Project, including events of our Legacy Project partners, will be announced in September 2012.

FORD’S THEATRE 2012-2013 SEASON

Fly
By Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan
Directed by Ricardo Khan
September 21-October 21, 2012

Based on the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen, Fly is the powerful story of four African-American military pioneers who proved themselves as officers and pilots during World War II. The play follows these courageous heroes hailing from Chicago, Harlem, rural Iowa and the Caribbean as they train to fly combat aircraft. In spite of the overt racism they encounter, the men form a lasting brotherhood and fly with distinction, paving the way for the desegregation of the American military and the later Civil Rights Movement. The production inventively combines live action, video footage and the inspirational “Tap Griot,” a dancing storyteller who expresses the anger, fear and triumph that the officers cannot.

Fly is the second offering in the multi-year Lincoln Legacy Project—an effort to create dialogue around the issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance. Co-author Ricardo Khan directs the Washington premiere of this patriotic tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. The New York Times raved Fly “is a superior piece of theatrical synergy.”


A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Michael Wilson
Directed by Michael Baron
November 16-December 30, 2012

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Post hailed as “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly.”

Our Town
75th Anniversary Production
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Stephen Rayne
January 25-February 24, 2013

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama presents a timeless commentary on the transience of human existence. Teenagers George and Emily meet, fall in love, marry—and suffer the slings and arrows of everyday life. Wilder transforms their ordinary story into a poignant and captivating exploration of mortality and the interconnectivity of human beings. In celebration of the play’s 75th-anniversary year, Stephen Rayne (The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Sabrina Fair and Parade) returns to direct a diverse cast, creating an Our Town for our time.

Hello, Dolly!
book by Michael Stewart
music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
original production directed and choreographed by Gower Champion
produced for the Broadway stage for David Merrick and Champion-Five Inc.
music direction by James Moore
choreographed by Karma Camp
directed by Eric Schaeffer
March 15-May 18, 2013

In the Tony-winning musical farce Hello, Dolly!, the cantankerous half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder hires matchmaker Dolly Levi to find him a wife. Dolly soon hatches a plan to woo and win Vandergelder’s hand herself, while simultaneously arranging romantic prospects for his niece, his clerks and two of Manhattan’s most eligible shop girls. Based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, Jerry Herman’s memorable score and charming lyrics place the irresistibly mischievous Dolly center stage, making the role one of the most celebrated and high-spirited in musical theatre. Eric Schaeffer (Meet John Doe) returns to direct this enduring musical favorite in a co-production with Virginia’s Signature Theatre.

About the 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.

For more information on Ford’s Theatre and the Ford’s Theatre Society, please visit www.fords.org.

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