In our latest prototyping sprint on the Ford’s campus we tested out a concept Ford’s has long-considered: character cards representing historical figures whose stories patrons follow through the exhibit. While the cards were highly successful in terms of engagement, the D.R.A.F.T. team continues to debate what counts as success and whether these cards achieved it.
Take a look at our findings from our process of digitizing our Ford's Theatre stage production image archive.
The Wiz first premiered on stage 43 years ago! Challenging Broadway norms, The Wiz was one of the first production with a majority African-American creative team and an all-African American cast. Learn more about the musical's history in the following post.
"Isn’t it always a good time to remember that our world and our life can be and in fact should be, 'A world full of love, like yours, like mine, like home?' How different might the world be if we remember that?" Hear more from "The Wiz" director Kent Gash.
"They Knew Lincoln" by John E. Washington’s recounts the complex relationship between Lincoln and Washington’s African-American community. Kate Masur, a professor of history at Northwestern University, facilitated the reissue of the book for the first time since the original run in 1942. This edition includes a new introduction by Masur on John E. Washington and the Washington, D.C., he knew. Here, she offers a preview.
Actress Ines Nassara will perform the role of Dorothy in Kent Gash’s exciting new production of The Wiz at Ford’s Theatre during spring 2018. Ines spoke with us about taking on the role of Dorothy, what The Wiz means to her and the costar she can’t wait to meet.