"I read Fences in 1987 and was so moved by its portrait of the deeply troubled Troy Maxson that, as soon as I had turned the last page, I vowed to read everything I could get my hands on that was written by August Wilson.” Thus began Dr. Sandra Shannon's more than 30-year career as a leading scholar of his life and work.
Since our History on Foot tours began in 2008, more than 28,500 patrons have patrolled the streets of downtown D.C. as deputies with Detective James A. McDevitt as their guide. In September 2019, our tour celebrated 1,000 performances!
Ford’s Theatre works with First Chair Interpreted Productions to offer American Sign Language interpreters for performances. We recently spoke with Amanda Welly, a D.C. interpreter, to talk about the service.
Questions abound about which knife John Wilkes Booth used to stab Major Henry Rathbone after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Read on to see what evidence exists in the curatorial files and what our conclusion is.
You might not guess that Ford’s can only fit eight musicians in our 1860s-style band pit, or that we plan for more than a year before staging a musical. Discover the process from our decision to produce to our audience's applause.
Learn more about our upcoming production of August Wilson's Fences from the director, Timothy Douglas.
David Chu, founder of c2 (Caption Coalition), Inc., which provides caption services for Ford’s Theatre performances, sat down with us to share why his work is so valuable to patrons including those who are deaf or have hearing loss.
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