Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
By Frank Wildhorn, Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy; Music by Frank Wildhorn; Adapted by Richard Hellesen and Mark Ramont; Directed by Jeff Calhoun
March 13-May 20, 2015
This epic musical features the words of Abraham Lincoln and music inspired by the letters of those who lived through the Civil War. With rousing music, stirring speeches and historic costumes, Freedom’s Song evokes the soaring hopes and tragic losses of the real people of Civil War America. Through a series of highly theatrical vignettes, we see everyday Americans courageously confront the gritty realities of a tattered nation and a war that pitted brother against brother. Lincoln’s inspirational words intermix with these stories, imagining a bloody nation once again unified and the return of a truly United States. Jeff Calhoun (Broadway’s Newsies) returns to direct this lively historical opus. Ford’s Theatre is developing this work as part of the Ford’s 150, a series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination.
Ford’s 150: Remembering the Lincoln Assassination
April 2015 will mark 150 years since the assassination of Lincoln. Ford's 150 honors the life and legacy of our 16th President. In addition to the mainstage productions noted above, programming also will include:
- The Lincoln Tribute: April 14-15, 2015; An around-the-clock event marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.
- Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination: March 23-May 29, 2015; A hallmark exhibition reuniting—for the first time since April 1865—an extraordinary collection of artifacts that were in the Theatre or carried by Abraham Lincoln the night of his assassination.
- Abraham Lincoln Symposium: March 21; The Abraham Lincoln Institute and Ford’s Theatre Society present a free symposium focused on the life, career and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln.
- Now He Belongs to the Ages: April 14; Luminaries of stage and screen will present a moving commemorative tribute to President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, 150 years to the day since his assassination.
- Remembering Lincoln: An online collection of personal reactions and artifacts showcasing the response to Lincoln’s death.
Driving Miss Daisy
By Alfred Uhry; Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson
September 26-October 26, 2014
When Daisy Werthan causes a car wreck, her son hires hard-working chauffeur Hoke Colburn to look after her. What begins as a hostile clashing of wills between a stubborn Jewish matriarch and a proud black man evolves into a decades-long friendship as the two navigate Civil Rights-era Atlanta. With humor and heartfelt emotion, Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play poignantly explores the transformative power of true friendship. Acclaimed Washington stage actors Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace return to Ford’s to perform in this beloved classic.
A Christmas Carol
Edward Gero Returns as Scrooge
By Charles Dickens; Adapted by Michael Wilson; Directed by Michael Baron
November 20, 2014-January 1, 2015
The annual Ford’s Theatre production of A Christmas Carol has been a Washington tradition for more than 30 years. 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. Celebrated Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Post hailed as “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly.”
The Widow Lincoln (World Premiere)
By James Still; Directed by Stephen Rayne
January 23-February 22, 2015
Ridiculed and disdained for her perceived sense of entitlement, Mary Todd Lincoln sparked more controversy than any First Lady before or since. Set during the weeks following Abraham Lincoln’s murder 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 the Ford’s 150, a series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination.
2014-2015 Season Brochure
Get an inside look at what is coming up next season. Read about exciting education programs, membership opportunities, programming around the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, our special exhibition and more.
Photo of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” cast by Carolina Dulcey.