February 12, 2018 marks 50 years since Ford’s Theatre reopened and began presenting plays to honor Lincoln’s love of the performing arts. Here are a few shows that help us remember our past.
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.
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.
Did you know that African Americans testified during the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators? In one major instance, 10 former slaves spoke out candidly against their former owner, Dr. Samuel Mudd, revealing him to be far more malicious than his innocent country doctor persona suggested.
Since 2005, visitors to Ford’s Theatre have been able to step back in time with National Park Service volunteer Mike Robinson, who portrays Washington Police Chief A.C. Richards. As “The Chief,” Robinson offers the perspective of a man who both witnessed the Lincoln assassination and then investigated it. Learn about how he originated the role, how he prepared and how visitors react.