Exploring "Ragtime" and the American Experience: Q&A with director Peter Flynn

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This spring, Ford’s Theatre presents Ragtime, an epic Tony-winning musical based on E. L. Doctorow’s celebrated novel about three families striving for the American dream. We spoke with director Peter Flynn  about his thoughts on the play’s expansive musical score, striking relevancy and confrontation of both unbridled optimism and the stark reality of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

What is the American Dream?

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In Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Albee wrote a snapshot of life on a New England college campus in the early 1960s. As with most of his work, he had no interest in what life was supposed to be, but instead delved into the actuality of life itself. This is not the typical mid-20th century life that we often see depicted on television or in the movies.

Remembering Edward Albee

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You will likely read many tributes about Edward Albee the genius, the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and the multiple Tony Award winner. For me, Edward was my colleague and friend, and I was fortunate to get to see sides of him the public often wasn’t privy to. I want to tell you about Edward Albee, the man.

“Come From Aways” Share Their Experiences in Newfoundland

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The Broadway-bound musical Come From Away tells the stories of the townspeople of Gander, Newfoundland, and the unexpected 6,579 airline passengers who waited in the Canadian town for American airspace to reopen after September 11, 2001. Below, three “come from aways” share their experiences in the following post. 38 Planes Halfway across the Atlantic Ocean…

Five Ways to Give Back on 9/11: Organizations Making a Difference

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Editor’s Note: This essay also appears in the playbill for Come From Away at Ford’s Theatre. When we think about the September 11 attacks, even 15 years later, the conversation often turns to recollections of our fear, questions surrounding our safety, and the positive and negative effects of our nation’s response. These discussions and concerns…

The McDevitt Files: Exploring the Lincoln Conspiracy with Matt Dewberry

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The walking tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt takes up to 40 visitors on an interactive journey through the facts and faces of the crime that changed America: Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Along the journey, attendees hear about the manhunt to find John Wilkes Booth and the other conspirators. The tour is led by Detective James McDevitt, a real-life 1860s detective who…

Meet the Creators: Musical “Come From Away”

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We are excited to present the new musical Come From Away as the first production in the Ford’s Theatre 2016-2017 Season. Fresh off sold-out runs in Seattle and San Diego, the new musical Come From Away tells the heart-warming true story of how, on September 9/11, 2001, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in…