James Still’s engaging play The Widow Lincoln tells the absorbing tale of Mary Lincoln’s interior world as she lay in bed during this period. We have little direct historical evidence of what she thought, but Still has presented us with a believable, far more sympathetic figure than many depictions of Mary Lincoln.
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln often visited Union Army hospitals throughout the year and at the holidays? Inspired by Lincoln’s legacy of giving and the messages of charity in A Christmas Carol, Ford’s Theatre likes to give back to our local community.
Today, we associate the name John Wilkes Booth with Ford’s Theatre because he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln there on April 14, 1865. But playbills with Booth’s name on them are reminders that he was already associated with the theatre.
How do you show people what was once in a space without carrying out a full restoration? The photo above, from our book Images of America: Ford’s Theatre, shows a diorama that the National Park Service devised when the interior of Ford’s was a museum bearing no resemblance to its previous identity as a theatre.
Ford’s Theatre Society has been showing A Christmas Carol for more than 30 years. See how the Ghost of Christmas Present has evolved from original illustrations in the novel to the two Ford’s Theatre productions!
Each year as we ready ourselves for our annual holiday production of A Christmas Carol, we take a moment to revisit the man who set out to write an informational pamphlet but who ended up feeling that a short story would be more effective in igniting the compassion of his countrymen.