What is the American Dream?

3 min. Read

In Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Albee wrote a snapshot of life on a New England college campus in the early 1960s. As with most of his work, he had no interest in what life was supposed to be, but instead delved into the actuality of life itself. This is not the typical mid-20th century life that we often see depicted on television or in the movies.

Remembering Edward Albee

8 min. Read

You will likely read many tributes about Edward Albee the genius, the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and the multiple Tony Award winner. For me, Edward was my colleague and friend, and I was fortunate to get to see sides of him the public often wasn’t privy to. I want to tell you about Edward Albee, the man.

A 34ft Tribute: The Lincoln Book Tower

2 min. Read

The Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership features a winding staircase and 34-foot tower of books about Abraham Lincoln, symbolizing that the last word about this great man will never be written. The books in our tower are made from fireproof bent aluminum. Our exhibit designers printed the cover art directly onto the metal…

Social Ambassador Stories: Lincoln, Batman and Opening Night with Art Director Gary Erskine

5 min. Read

Ever wondered who designs the posters, street banners, lobby signage, playbills and more at Ford’s Theatre? Gary Erskine, Art Director and staff photographer, leads our design team. From a workspace he’s nicknamed the “Batcave,” Gary’s work shapes what visitors and audience members see before, during and after their visit. Take a behind-the-scenes peek at his…

“Come From Aways” Share Their Experiences in Newfoundland

5 min. Read

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. Below, three “come from aways” share their experiences in the following post. 38 Planes Halfway across the Atlantic Ocean…

Social Ambassador Stories: Caring for the Ford’s Theatre Museum

4 Min. Read

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. We asked about what she’s been working on this…

First Rehearsal for “Come From Away” [Photos]

2 Min. Read

The artistic team and cast for the new musical Come From Away gathered for the first time this week in D.C.  Among those in attendance were the show’s creators, Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Take a look at behind-the-scenes photos from the first read through of the show in rehearsal.  We can’t wait for audiences…

Social Ambassador Stories: The Lincolns Go Out for Lunch!

5 Min. Read

One delightful consequence of our Social Media Ambassadors program is #LincolnLunchbreak, a series of posts from Lauren Beyea, our Associate Director of Communications and Marketing. Every Friday Lauren shows us the adventures of her Abraham and Mary Lincoln figurines. We chatted with her about the origins and latest escapades of these giant (yet tiny!) historic…