Washington, D.C., offers numerous opportunities to get out of the classroom and experience history, particularly when studying the Civil War. While Ford’s Theatre receives a large amount of attention, many other sites with engaging stories can be found around the city—in neighborhoods and places easily accessible to students that they may pass by on a daily basis.
Actress Felicia Curry, who you’d recognize from former Ford's productions like A Christmas Carol and Spelling Bee, steps into the pages of revolutionary history in January 2018. She'll play Susannah—an enslaved woman who is tempted to fight for the British when they promise her liberty—in the American premiere of Jefferson's Garden, by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
Did you know that African Americans testified during the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators? In one major instance, 10 former slaves spoke out candidly against their former owner, Dr. Samuel Mudd, revealing him to be far more malicious than his innocent country doctor persona suggested.
On Lincoln’s 158th birthday, Ford’s Theatre reopened as a working theatre, presenting its first play since the evening of Lincoln’s assassination. Since that performance of John Brown’s Body on February 12, 1968, Ford’s has honored Lincoln’s legacy and his love of the performing arts for nearly 50 years.
Nearly every American teacher has either had to read or teach Death of a Salesman in their lifetime. It’s a classic! Ford’s Theatre collaborated with Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) to devise a fresh, cross-disciplinary lesson plan to tackle the theme the American dream. Read more from Jennie Eng and SAAM Teacher Programs Coordinator Elizabeth Dale-Deines.
Justine “Icy” Moral flies into the role of the Ghost of Christmas Past during the 2017 holiday season at Ford's Theatre. We spoke with Justine this summer about what she’s most looking forward to about taking on one of Charles Dickens’s most iconic characters.
How can a college professor or K-12 teacher work with a public history institution like Ford’s Theatre to teach students about historical research? Learn from a collaboration between Ford’s and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, that inspired college students and brought underrepresented voices into a digital history exhibition--and see how teachers at all levels can do such projects.
View some of our favorite Instagram posts from cast, artists, crew and fans as we present Death of a Salesman on our historic stage.
Tim Mackabee's imaginative multi-layered set transports audiences to Willy Loman’s home in 1940s Brooklyn, New York. Click through to watch the video on his thoughts about his set design.
Since 2005, visitors to Ford’s Theatre have been able to step back in time with National Park Service volunteer Mike Robinson, who portrays Washington Police Chief A.C. Richards. As “The Chief,” Robinson offers the perspective of a man who both witnessed the Lincoln assassination and then investigated it. Learn about how he originated the role, how he prepared and how visitors react.