Exploring "Ragtime" and the American Experience: Q&A with director Peter Flynn

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During spring 2017, Ford’s Theatre presents Ragtime, an epic Tony-winning musical based on E. L. Doctorow’s celebrated novel about three families striving for the American dream. We spoke with director Peter Flynn about his thoughts on the play’s expansive musical score, striking relevancy and confrontation of both unbridled optimism and the stark reality of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

What is the American Dream?

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In Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Albee wrote a snapshot of life on a New England college campus in the early 1960s. As with most of his work, he had no interest in what life was supposed to be, but instead delved into the actuality of life itself. This is not the typical mid-20th century life that we often see depicted on television or in the movies.

Remembering Edward Albee

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You will likely read many tributes about Edward Albee the genius, the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and the multiple Tony Award winner. For me, Edward was my colleague and friend, and I was fortunate to get to see sides of him the public often wasn’t privy to. I want to tell you about Edward Albee, the man.

A 34ft Tribute: The Lincoln Book Tower

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The Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership features a winding staircase and 34-foot tower of books about Abraham Lincoln, symbolizing that the last word about this great man will never be written. The books in our tower are made from fireproof bent aluminum. Our exhibit designers printed the cover art directly onto the metal…

Ford’s Theatre as a Site of Tragedy

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In conjunction with Ford’s Theatre’s play Come From Away, Kenneth Foote, Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut and author of Shadowed Ground, discusses the context of places that have been involved in tragedies. In Part 1, Foote discussed sites related to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Here, Foote discusses…