Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Monday, May 19, 2014.

FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES SPRING 2013 DAYTIME PROGRAMMING

History on Foot Walking Tours resume March 21

One Destiny performances begin March 26

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Society announced that daytime programming for spring 2013 includes performances of the popular one-act play One Destiny and the return of two History on Foot walking tours led by costumed actors, Investigation: Detective McDevitt. Tickets are available for purchase at www.fords.org or in person at the Ford’s Theatre box office (511 Tenth Street NW).

In the one-act play One Destiny, which celebrated its 500th performance in June 2012, 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?

In the walking tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt, attendees trace the events leading up to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre and visit locations where John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators attempted to bring down Lincoln’s Cabinet. Comfortable shoes are recommended for both tours, which begin outside of Ford’s Theatre and travel approximately 1.6 miles.

Groups unable to visit Washington, D.C., can still experience the search for Lincoln’s assassin with a virtual McDevitt tour. Using IP-based video conferencing, primary source images and historical characters, our virtual Investigation: Detective McDevitt is available to classrooms, libraries and more. This program is available for Grades 5 and up and lasts 60 minutes. Cost is $125 per session. Those interested should email education@fords.org for additional details.

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
March, April and May daytime performances begin March 26, ending May 18. One Destiny runs Monday through Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. (April 10 at 10:30 a.m. only; no performance May 3 or 10.) 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 for performances March though May are currently on sale. Tickets can be reserved through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or by visiting fords.org. Ticketmaster fees apply. Groups of 15 or more may reserve discounted tickets by calling (202) 638-2367.

History on Foot Walking Tours
Investigation: Detective McDevitt

By Richard Hellesen; Directed by Mark Ramont
March through October

Join Detective McDevitt as he re-visits and re-examines the sites and clues surrounding the assassination of our nation’s 16th president. This outdoor tour lasts approximately two hours and makes at least eight stops. The distance walked is 1.6 miles from outside of Ford’s Theatre to the White House. Please wear comfortable shoes. Tickets are available for tours from March 21 to May 29; tours are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. in March, April and May. Additional tours will be held April 13 and 14 at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets to Investigation: Detective McDevitt are $15 and can be reserved through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or by visiting www.fords.org. Ticketmaster fees apply. Groups of 15 or more may reserve discounted tickets by calling (202) 638-2367.

Virtual McDevitt tours and Virtual Field Trips to Ford’s Theatre are available using IP-based video conferencing. Email education@fords.org for more information.

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 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 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.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Beyea lbeyea@fords.org