Statement from Our Director

An update from Director Paul R. Tetreault on the events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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With One Voice: Teaching Text Beyond Lincoln’s Words

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Historically, Ford’s Theatre Oratory Programs have featured speeches by Abraham Lincoln. In 2020, the program added speeches by others. These additional speeches reflect shared ideas and values that shape the United States: freedom for all, the importance of standing against injustice, integrity and the right of self-determination. Together, the speeches represent the strength and diversity of one nation of people, working towards the same goals.

Origins and Inspirations for Damon Runyon's Classic Musical "Guys and Dolls"

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Following friend (and racketeer) Arnold Rothstein’s murder, Damon Runyon used Rothstein’s trial as inspiration to write stories in a perpetual present tense. Runyon found his home in his fictional Runyonland, a place created from his observations of Broadway’s nightlife. Learn more about the origins of the classic musical Guys and Dolls in this post.