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…

Social Ambassador Stories: Lincoln, Batman and Opening Night with Art Director Gary Erskine

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Ever wondered who designs the posters, street banners, lobby signage, playbills and more at Ford’s Theatre? Gary Erskine, Art Director and staff photographer, leads our design team. From a workspace he’s nicknamed the “Batcave,” Gary’s work shapes what visitors and audience members see before, during and after their visit. Take a behind-the-scenes peek at his…

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…

“Come From Aways” Share Their Experiences in Newfoundland

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The Broadway-bound musical Come From Away tells the stories of the townspeople of Gander, Newfoundland, and the unexpected 6,579 airline passengers who waited in the Canadian town for American airspace to reopen after September 11, 2001. Below, three “come from aways” share their experiences in the following post. 38 Planes Halfway across the Atlantic Ocean…

Meet the People Who Inspired the Characters of “Come From Away”

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The characters in the musical Come From Away are composite characters based on the experiences of real people and actual events of September 11 through September 15, 2001. In 2011, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Come From Away creators David Hein and Irene Sakofftraveled to Gander and recorded hours of interviews with local citizens…

How Time Changes Tragedy

Editor’s Note: 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 like the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Ford’s Theatre (FT): The musical Come From Away, currently playing…

Bringing Podcasting Into the Classroom

Editor’s note: In the following post, Ford’s Theatre Teacher-in-Residence (summer 2016) Dave McIntire discusses how to use podcasting as a teaching tool for middle school students’ public speaking. As a Ford’s National Oratory Fellow, I strive to create opportunities for my students to share learning through public speaking.  An interesting way I’ve done this is…