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…

Then vs. Now: Exploring the Presidential Box

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In our previous Then vs. Now blog posts, we have discussed why the Ford’s stage is slanted and where the cheapest seats were during 1860s performances. Today we take look at the most expensive seats in the house—the ones that the Lincoln family knew best. Overlooking the Stage During Lincoln’s presidency, Ford’s Theatre contained eight…

We’re Tweeting All the Things: Find Our Staff on Twitter

Want to see photos from backstage at Ford’s? Learn about artifact restoration from our collections manager? Find out what happens during a Ford’s Theatre photo shoot? Discover this and more on several new staff Twitter handles. @LaurenBeyea Lauren Beyea, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing What she tweets: Sharing info on Ford’s photo shoots and…

Remembering Vinnette Carroll: Pioneering African-American Director and Her Connection to Ford’s

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Did you know that since reopening as a working theatre in 1968, Ford’s Theatre has been the birthplace of more than 35 world-premiere plays and musicals? This means that on average, one out of every five or six shows produced by Ford’s Theatre Society is a world-premiere! In fact, during the last 10 years alone…

Engaging the 21st-Century Visitor: Digital Strategy at Ford’s Theatre

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I read this great quote from Ed Rodley over at the Peabody Essex Museum: “A postdigital museum isn’t one where ‘digital’ has triumphed over ‘physical.’” Having just finished a digital strategic planning process at Ford’s, this quote reinforced our own newly established digital values. We recognize the ongoing importance of our physical spaces, artifacts and…