The Broadway-bound musical Come From Away tells the stories of the townspeople of Gander, Newfoundland, and the unexpected 6,579 airline passengers who waited in the Canadian town for American airspace to reopen after September 11, 2001. Three “come from aways” share their experiences in the following post.
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. Learn more about them here.
Ford’s Theatre celebrates 35 years of A Christmas Carol performances in 2016, and acclaimed Washington actor Craig Wallace steps into the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the first time.
Editor’s Note: In conjunction with with the musical 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.
In the following post, Ford’s Theatre Teacher-in-Residence Dave McIntire discusses how to use podcasting as a teaching tool for middle school students’ public speaking.
We’re kicking off a new initiative called Free First 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.
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.
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. But Come From Away tells the story of how people came together to provide friendship, supplies and support when we needed it most.
In the years leading up to April 1865, William and Anna Petersen, both German immigrants, owned and occupied the Petersen House. They raised 10 children on the second and third floors of the home, while opening the basement and first floors to strangers. April 14 changed their family forever.