In this blog post, we speak with Jessica Dickey, the playwright behind The Guard.
Five months ago, Ford’s Theatre Society and National Park Service staff honored the memory of Abraham Lincoln and marked 150 years since his untimely death. Ford’s 150 was a behemoth – a once-in-a-lifetime occasion that necessitated planning with Civil War enthusiasts, scholars, museums, group tour operators, performance artists, generous donors, media outlets and more.
During the Civil War, Washington’s population boomed, and John T. Ford decided to try opening a theatre in the city again. Although the former Baptist church he converted to a theatre burned in 1862, he reopened and made the theatre a presence in Washington’s cultural life.
Playwright Jessica Dickey and her world-premiere play, The Guard, are recipients of the National Theatre Conference’s 2015 Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award—an annual award celebrating outstanding emerging playwrights.
Could you imagine coming to Ford’s Theatre and not learning much about President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination? Since 1865, people have struggled with how much to emphasize the Lincoln assassination as opposed to all the other moments of Lincoln’s life.
When young learners visit the Ford’s Theatre campus, the focus isn’t on the Lincoln assassination, but instead on why we learn about and honor the memory of Abraham Lincoln today.
This July, 72 teachers from around the United States came to Washington for the first ever Ford’s Theatre Seat of War and Peace summer teacher workshop.