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.
Take a closer look at the creative process of Jefferson’s Garden, as seen in our recent cast and fan Instagram posts.
On December 19, 2017, visitors to the Ford’s campus heard from people who were witnesses to the Lincoln assassination events of 1865. Visitors found four iPads on music stands around the campus featuring audio of our staff members reading first-person accounts from five people from the time. Read about our second round of ideas testing for our latest prototyping project.
How auspicious that Ford’s is hosting the American Premiere of Jefferson’s Garden, a major new play by British-American playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker. Hailed as an “exhilarating,” epic work about America’s Revolutionary War and slavery when it premiered on London’s West End in 2015, Jefferson’s Garden poses stakes even more potent and alive here in Washington, D.C., in 2018.
Meet the fictitious and historically based characters found in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play “Jefferson’s Garden.” The Ford’s Theatre production plays to February 8, 2018.
At Ford’s Theatre, we often face an interesting dilemma when presenting plays and musicals that have ties to history. Because Ford’s is inextricably tied to our national history with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, many in expect any aspect of American history portrayed on our stage to be 100 percent truthful to the facts. Patrick Pearson discusses.
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