Assassination Eyewitness: Carl Bersch’s Eyewitness Oil Painting Returns to the Scene

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While many depictions of the events surrounding President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination exist, most are artist renditions, created well after the fact. As of April 14, 2016, visitors to the Ford’s Theatre campus may now see the only known artistic representation of the Lincoln assassination created by an eyewitness. We are honored to commemorate the 151st…

D.C.-Area Students Step into Tennessee Williams’s Shoes

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Monologues figure prominently in Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie. Throughout the play, the narrator Tom breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience directly. We wondered what might happen if the other characters had monologues like Tom does. We decided to put this challenge to area students who attended one of our three student matinee…

Broadway’s Ben Crawford: Performing in “110 in the Shade”

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Now a month into its spring run at Ford’s Theatre, the musical 110 in the Shade is wowing audiences and critics alike with its big heart, marvelously sung performances and dynamic direction and choreography. We recently connected with actor Ben Crawford, who plays the animated rainmaker Starbuck, to hear his thoughts on the production and…

My Summers at Ford’s Theatre: Bringing Legacies to Life

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It’s the little things. Reflecting on two summers spent in intensive, content-rich professional development through Ford’s Theatre—as a Civil War Washington Teacher Fellow in 2014 and as a Seat of War and Peace scholar in 2015—the biggest impact on my teaching has been getting to know the ordinary: the everyday objects, spaces and moments that…

A Stitch in Time: Historic Quilt Features Who’s Who of Civil War

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Constructed by the U.S. Sanitary Commission volunteers during the Civil War, the remarkable quilt below was auctioned at the Philadelphia Sanitary Fair in 1864 to raise funds that were used to improve sanitary conditions for soldiers throughout the Union Army. Over the course of the war, at Sanitary Fairs throughout the North, thousands of U.S.…

Tracy Lynn Olivera: Performing on the Historic Ford’s Stage

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Tracy Lynn Olivera plays the lead role of Lizzie in 110 in the Shade, a show picked by Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault specifically to showcase her. Olivera has been featured many times at Ford’s, including as Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!, as the Nurse/Southern Private’s Wife in Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the…