Civil War 150
April 2015 will mark 150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Ford’s 150: Remembering the Lincoln Assassination honors the life and legacy of our 16th President.
The Widow Lincoln
Jan. 23-Feb. 22, 2015
Set in the 40 days following the Lincoln assassination, this play explores the tenacious attitudes and heartbreaking grief of the maligned Mary Todd Lincoln. A world premiere! Written by James Still and directed by Stephen Rayne. Tickets available now.
Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
March 13-May 20, 2015
This epic, concert-style musical features the words of Abraham Lincoln and music inspired by those who lived through the Civil War. Written by Frank Wildhorn, Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, with music by Frank Wildhorn. Directed by Jeff Calhoun and adapted by Richard Hellesen and Mark Ramont. Tickets available now.
Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination
March 23-May 25, 2015
This hallmark exhibit will reunite—for the first time since April 1865—an extraordinary collection of artifacts that resided in Ford’s Theatre and on Lincoln’s person the night of the assassination. Included within the exhibition are the contents of Lincoln’s pockets, top hat and the blood-stained handkerchief he carried the night of his assassination; and much more. Tickets available to groups on Sept. 15, to members on Sept. 29 and to the public on Oct. 20.
The Lincoln Tribute
April 14-15, 2015
This around-the-clock event will mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination. During the day on April 14 and 15, Ford’s Theatre will present ranger talks, the one-act play One Destiny and panel discussions about the life, assassination and legacy of our 16th president. On the street outside, throughout the day and night, actors will provide first-person accounts about the end of the Civil War, the experience of being inside the theatre at the moment of the assassination, medical reports from the Petersen House, and the impact of Lincoln’s life and death. Starting the evening of April 14, Ford’s will host Civil War living historians on Tenth Street to recreate the vigil for Abraham Lincoln. The public will be able to visit the Ford’s Theatre campus throughout the night. The morning of April 15, Ford’s will mark Abraham Lincoln’s death at 7:22 a.m. with a wreath-laying ceremony; church bells will toll across the city, just as they did in 1865. Tickets are required for entry to the Ford’s Theatre campus (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership); tickets are available Sept. 29 to members/groups and Oct. 20 to the public.
Offered Spring and Summer
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. Tickets available to groups on Sept. 15, to members on Sept. 29 and to the public on Oct. 20.
History on Foot: Detective McDevitt
Offered March through October
On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective James McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters, a half-block from Ford’s Theatre. Just before 10:30, frantic witnesses rushed in with horrifying news: President Lincoln had been shot at the theatre. Join Detective McDevitt on a walking tour of downtown Washington as he revisits the sites and reexamines the clues from the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy. Tickets available for spring 2015 in February 2015.
Remembering Lincoln is an online project to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. It is the place to discover the reactions of people who lived through the president’s murder and its aftermath. Ford’s Theatre and a range of partner institutions are working together to collect, digitize and share local responses (newspapers, letters, diaries, photos, objects) from the 13 months following the assassination. Remembering Lincoln will serve as a resource for students, teachers, scholars, enthusiasts and everyone else to connect with this important event.
The Ford’s 150 Experience
Save up to 24% on Ford’s 150 events
Exclusively offered to members, this package includes a ticket to both Ford’s 150 mainstage productions and the special exhibition at a discounted rate. Experience purchasers also receive a complimentary ticket to One Destiny, priority seating at certain Ford’s 150 events, advance detailed schedule of The Lincoln Tribute programming, and more!
Ford’s 150 Official Media Partner: The Washington Post