In 1931, the U.S. Army Adjutant General denied permission to display John Wilkes Booth’s deringer pistol at a new museum at Ford’s Theatre. Today the gun is on display—but with a new sign that asks visitors to consider the ethics of displaying a murder weapon.
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Civil War and Confederate monuments are at the center of debate in 2020. As a site of national memory and political violence, Ford’s offers a list of resources to help contextualize the history of how these monuments came to be and what they meant when first commissioned and their meanings now.
Public speaking can cause everything from slight nervousness to paralyzing fear and panic. Seventy-five percent of Americans share this fear. This blog offers simple strategies including speaking about your passion, knowing the content and context of your speech, having a plan for addressing mistakes and the importance of feedback.
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.
Starting March 13, 2020, Ford’s Theatre presents a new production of the classic American musical Guys and Dolls, directed by Peter Flynn. We spoke with our four leads, Maria Egler, Joe Mallon, Bueka Uwemedimo and Karen Vincent, about their roles and what songs they already have playing in their heads.
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