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.
During spring 2017, 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.
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.
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.
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…
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. But Come From Away tells the story of how people came together to provide friendship, supplies and support when we needed it most.