Assassination Eyewitness: Carl Bersch’s Eyewitness Oil Painting Returns to the Scene

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While many depictions of the events surrounding President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination exist, most are artist renditions, created well after the fact. As of April 14, 2016, visitors to the Ford’s Theatre campus may now see the only known artistic representation of the Lincoln assassination created by an eyewitness. We are honored to commemorate the 151st…

Broadway’s Ben Crawford: Performing in “110 in the Shade”

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Now a month into its spring run at Ford’s Theatre, the musical 110 in the Shade is wowing audiences and critics alike with its big heart, marvelously sung performances and dynamic direction and choreography. We recently connected with actor Ben Crawford, who plays the animated rainmaker Starbuck, to hear his thoughts on the production and…

Tracy Lynn Olivera: Performing on the Historic Ford’s Stage

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Tracy Lynn Olivera plays the lead role of Lizzie in 110 in the Shade, a show picked by Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault specifically to showcase her. Olivera has been featured many times at Ford’s, including as Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!, as the Nurse/Southern Private’s Wife in Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the…

Theatre as Autobiography: Director Mark Ramont Connects Tennessee Williams’s Life to “The Glass Menagerie”

Great American playwright Tennessee Williams was an unknown when The Glass Menagerie debuted on Broadway on March 31, 1945. Shortly after the production began, his world was transformed. Biographer John Lahr writes, “The hubbub of Williams’s new life began almost immediately.” Williams was photographed for Vogue and interviewed for the New Yorker. The play was…

The Heart of an American Classic: The Glass Menagerie

Editor’s Note: This essay also appears in the playbill for The Glass Menagerie at Ford’s Theatre. The Glass Menagerie is undeniably a classic in the American theatre canon. Since its Chicago premiere in 1944, this play by Tennessee Williams has been a staple in our theatrical landscape. But why is this the case? What keeps…