The Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits) will be closed on Friday, January 20, 2017.

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

7 min. Read

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

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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

5 min. Read

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…

First Free Preview Dates Announced

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This season we’re kicking off a new initiative called First Free Preview where we give away tickets to the first preview performance for all of our mainstage productions. The initiative is presented in an effort to broaden access to Ford’s Theatre programming. We hope that by removing price barriers we can invite those in the…

Social Ambassador Stories: Caring for the Ford’s Theatre Museum

4 Min. Read

Few people know our Ford’s Theatre exhibits as well as Heather Hoagland, Exhibitions and Collections Manager. Whether she’s cleaning Lincoln’s clothes from the evening of his assassination or preserving light-damaged photos, Heather shares her museum adventures on Twitter as part of our Social Media Ambassadors program. We asked about what she’s been working on this…

Five Ways to Give Back on 9/11: Organizations Making a Difference

3 Min. Read

Editor’s Note: This essay also appears in the playbill for Come From Away at Ford’s Theatre. When we think about the September 11 attacks, even 15 years later, the conversation often turns to recollections of our fear, questions surrounding our safety, and the positive and negative effects of our nation’s response. These discussions and concerns…

First Rehearsal for “Come From Away” [Photos]

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The artistic team and cast for the new musical Come From Away gathered for the first time this week in D.C.  Among those in attendance were the show’s creators, Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Take a look at behind-the-scenes photos from the first read through of the show in rehearsal.  We can’t wait for audiences…